We’re six years into the KG-Pierce era in Boston. 94 playoff games have been played by this crew. Countless series have been won and lost. Yet, despite the ups and downs of the past few years, one thing is undisputed about the Boston Celtics.
They’ve never had their season end at the TD Garden, when Kevin Garnett has been on the floor.
The Celtics have lost a series-deciding game at home. That was back in 2009, when the Orlando Magic came into the TD Garden and shot the lights out against an undermanned Boston squad that was running on fumes. KG was out. Leon Powe was out. Brian Scalabrine was playing with a concussion and they fell short.
Besides that year though? The Celtics have held firm at the Garden, when they’ve been playing for their season. Two Game 7’s at home in 2008. One Game 7 in 2009. One Game 7 in 2012. All four of those were at home. They were all wins.
2013 presents a bit of a unique situation for obvious reasons. Boston has never faced a 3-2 series deficit upon entering a home game 6, during the KG-Pierce era. It’ll be a new piece of history, just like the one their chasing, to become the first NBA team to comeback from a 3-0 series deficit.
Last year, the Celtics had another terrific chance in the Eastern Conference Finals. Lebron James played the game of his life, and put the Celtics’ attempted run back to the NBA Finals on hold.
The atmosphere at the Garden was tremendous that night. As the Heat put the finishing touches on the blowout in the fourth quarter, a sizable contingent of the Celtic faithful stayed until the very end and did something incredible.
That gesture meant a lot to Pierce, KG, Doc Rivers and company. Tonight, they have a chance to reward their fans’ faith for an incredible show of loyalty.
They may not win tonight, but they won’t go down without a fight. Carmelo Anthony may have to play like LeBron James in order for the Knicks to escape.
I wouldn’t count on that happening.