A Tough Finish To a Great Season: 2019–2020 Boston Celtics Final Thoughts

  1. If Gordon Hayward were even 85% healthy, rather than the 60–70% we saw over the last few games, would that have been enough to keep the Celtics from wilting in the 4th quarter? They weren’t quite deep enough, that seems pretty clear.
  2. If the Celtics won the pre-draft coin flip and landed Tyler Herro at pick 13, and Miami chose Romeo Langford at pick 14, would that have flipped this series in Boston’s favor? Would Herro have had a similar impact off the Boston bench? He certainly would’ve had the same opportunity.
  3. If the playoffs had been played in April, May and June, would the Bucks have beaten the Heat, and then would the Celtics have beaten that 70-win-pace Bucks team in the East Finals?
  4. If Bam Adebayo doesn’t block Jayson Tatum’s dunk in Game 1…or if Game 2’s second half Celtics meltdown was just a bit less melty…or if Tyler Herro misses just a couple more shots in Game 4…or if Andre Iguodala didn’t find the way-back machine in Game 6 and hit every shot he took…we would be waiting for Game 7 on Wednesday. But those things all happened and here we are.

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Writing. Poetry. Personal Essays. On the NBA, MLB, media, journalism, culture, teaching and humor.

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