I want all those things. And I want them all tonight. But if none of those things happen… here's one thing I don't want: excuses.
If Perk can't go… then a championship team should have bench players that can fill in. If Rondo is not right… then E House or Sam should fill the gap. If Ray is off.. then we've got stars that should carry us. If KG isn't clutch… then maybe Paul has to be. Great teams have guys who step up. Guys who make plays when they have to, even if most people don't know their names.
So I don't care if the team plane got in at 11 last night. They're home… in their own beds… with plenty of time to get sleep.
The Boston Celtics have proven to us fans that they, despite all of these obstacles, are the better team. Now they have to go prove it on the court later tonight. This is where we expected you to be. Celtics in 6. This is 6.
Feed off the fans if you want, Celtics. We will give you plenty. 48 minutes of effort and you can spend a month in the Bahamas. We want this now. No excuses. No nothing. Go out there… and win.
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