Rivers: We Missed a Huge Opportunity
But to literally throw away your chance to advance to the NBA Finals, to punt on the best storyline in the league — Old, injured, exhausted Green Geriatrics eliminate South Beach’s Insufferable Stars! — it’s frankly hard to understand, and even more difficult to digest.
The Heat forced a Game 7 in Miami on Saturday because they played as if their professional lives depended on it. The Celtics, meanwhile, forfeited their edge, their swagger and a small piece of their credibility as the team that is superior in pressure situations, by being unwilling or unable to match the Heat’s urgency.
“We left a huge opportunity on the floor,” conceded Celtics coach Doc Rivers.