NBA Playoffs 2011: Why America Needs to Support the Boston Celtics

Matt KrummelCorrespondent IIMay 6, 2011

MIAMI, FL - MAY 03:  Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics takes a shot against Mike Bibby #0 of  the Miami Heat during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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I wasn't going to write about the NBA Playoffs this season.

But desperate times call for desperate measures.

Today, I am calling on sports fans of all stripes to band together and focus our collective energy on jinxing the Miami Heat for the rest of their series with the Boston Celtics. We cannot allow this to stand.

Now, in the effort of full disclosure, I must admit that I am not a Celtics fan. In fact, if they should pull off an epic comeback and beat Miami, I will immediately start rooting against them when they play the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals. That's right, when.

But this is bigger than that. This is good vs. evil. This is Bud Fox vs. Gordon Gekko. This is the Rebel Alliance vs. the Galactic Empire. This is Rocky vs. Ivan Drago. 

Still not convinced? Watch this. Or this.

Unless you live in Miami (or somehow continued to like LeBron after "The Decision") you are probably with me in vilifying they Heat.

They haven't earned it. They got here through sheer disloyalty (or collusion if you like conspiracy theories). 

The point is this: If you care about the game of basketball and want to see a team win this year's championship, then you should join me tonight for game three in rallying the Celtics to victory.

Love them or hate them, the Celtics have earned everyone's respect since they put together their own dream team in 2007. They play hard on both ends of the court. They pick each other up and fiercely protect their teammates. They are a team in the best sense of the word.

Many will argue that what Boston did in '07-'08 is no different than what Miami is doing now. To that, I say watch this again.

The Celtics may be down, but they're not out. If you are going to the game tonight, then this article goes double for you. Be loud. Don't let up. Make sure LeBron hears it every time he touches the ball.

For the rest of us, we have to will the Celtics to win from our couches.

Miami may eventually win more than a few championships, but it can't be this year.

It's for the good of the game.


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