It came down to one game.
One game to decide another NBA Finals appearance for Doc Rivers and his core group of veteran stars. And hell, if they found a way to overcome all of the adversity, the injuries, the naysayers to that point, who’s to say that the Leprechauns and four-leaf clovers that have adorned this franchise with such good graces for over half a century couldn’t squeeze out one more minor miracle against the Thunder?
Well, as we know now, that one game, in the conference finals against the Heat, did not go Boston’s way.
And this year, it won’t even be that close.
Yes, it will have to be a new era of Celtics stars sometime in the future to make a run at its 18th title. The following slides are reasons why you’ll have to settle for St. Patty’s Day to see a parade in Boston next year…