If you read my “About” section of this website, you know I’m a Boston Celtics fan. I’ve been a fan of the C’s since I was in middle school and started to enjoy watching sports. In that time, the Celtics have had their share of successful season, but have also had rough seasons. Nonetheless, I’ve stuck with them, and this season has proven to be one of the best I can remember.
When I was in 6th grade, the Celtics beat the Lakers 4-2 in the 2007/2008 NBA Finals. As a middle schooler, watching the “Big 3” was a site to behold. The way Paul Pierce and Ray Allen shot the ball with the way Kevin Garnett made his presence felt in the lane were something I still miss to this day. Two years later, the “Big 3” lost in Game 7 to the Lakers in the 2009/2010 NBA Finals. I still think those Finals were the best I’ve seen.
Fast forward to last season, when the Cavaliers were down 3-1 in the Finals to the Warriors. A majority of people counted them out, surely the Warriors didn’t expect to lose the series. They did. Three games and three monumental wins later, the Cav’s were named NBA Champions for the first time in franchise history. Lebron James has been, and always will be, an elite player. Some say best, ever. I’m not writing about the talent, experience or basketball IQ of James. I’m writing about the comeback.
Sure, a lot of things had to go just right for the Cavaliers to come back and beat the Warriors. But they did. The mentality of a professional athlete is cold-blooded. It has to be to compete with the best athletes in the world. This comeback didn’t happen one game at a time. It literally happened one play at a time until the last minute of Game 7. Kyrie Irving nails a three-point jumper with Steph Curry in his face to seal the deal. Deficit erased, series over.
Although it’s not playoff season yet, one team has found incredible success playing from behind. You guessed it–it’s the Boston Celtics. Only 44 games have been played by the Celtics so far this season. Sitting atop the Eastern Conference with a record of 34-10, the C’s are playing better than most predicted. What no one could’ve predicted was how a team can an unreal record of 8-5 in games they trailed by 13 or more points. More comebacks.
In five games this season, Boston has trailed by 17 or more points and won. Incredible. Although a comeback win is impressive, what’s even more impressive is the competition they’ve come back to beat.
November 3: Winning six straight, the C’s traveled to OKC to take on the Thunder. After a rough 1 of 9 start for Irving, Boston found themselves down 18 but fought back. Celtics win, 101-94.
November 10: With Al Horford sitting and Irving with a facial fracture, the Celtics were down early to the Hornets. With an 18 point deficit, Boston opened the 4th quarter on a 16-3 run and didn’t look back. Celtics won, 90-87.
November 16: Riding a 13-game win streak, the C’s found themselves down 17 to the Warriors, a team not known for letting off the gas. Celtics won, 92-88.
December 28: The Rockets opened the game with a 12-0 run and led 62-38 at half. Trailing by as many as 26, the Celtics found a way to get it done. Winning, 99-98.
January 11: Taking on the 76ers in London wasn’t an easy feat for a Boston team that sits atop the East. Down by 22, the C’s inched their way back into the game, outscoring the 76ers by 20 in the second half. Celtics won, 114-103.
As the NBA season continues, individual games will become more important in a teams success and where they end up in the playoff race. Currently, the Celtics are the top seed in the Eastern Conference, but if they get into situations where they’re playing from behind, eventually one will slip away from them.
Later in the season, more and more teams start benching their starters to give them rest ahead of the playoffs. A talented starting five might be able to make an unbelievable comeback, just like the 2016 Cavaliers did, but don’t count on a bench to save a game.
**Information for this blog was used from CBS Sports Online.