2010 NBA Playoffs: Pressure on the Celtics in Game 6

May 26th, 2010 by Matt Regaw Leave a reply »
The scene is all too familiar for the Celtics. In 2009 they had a 3-2 lead in the playoffs against the Magic and they were playing Game 6in Boston. The Celtics playoff record was perfect when leading 3-2 in a playoff series. They were the defending champions at that time and everyone outside of Orlando expected the Magic to go quietly.

They did quite the opposite as they won Game 6behind a huge performance by Dwight Howard, and then the Magic dumped the Celtics in Game 7 and advanced to the NBA Finals. Is anyone sensing some déjà vu going on?

Now it’s 2010 and the Celtics stole two games in Orlando to start the series and the NBA, and their rabid fans already penciled in a Lakers vs. Celtics finals. The Celtics players got cocky and started talking about how they would wrap it up in Boston. The Magic failed to show up for a pivotal Game 3 and were blown out playing with no heart and no desire. In a sense they had one foot in the grave. Then a funny thing happened.

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