Whichever way you look at it, the Celtics shouldn’t be in this position against the Bulls. From a historical standpoint, only one other No. 1 seed has lost the opening two games of a series to the No. 8 seed. That team went on to win, although it was a best-of-five series back then. Based on what we saw throughout the season with the Celtics winning 53 games and the Bulls needing a victory on the final day of the regular season to make the playoffs, they shouldn’t be the worse team through two games. Tied at 1-1? Maybe. Down 0-2? Not a chance.
And yet, here the Celtics are facing a must-win situation on Friday to avoid going into a hole no team has ever climbed out of. To understand how they’ve gotten to this point and how they can get a much-needed win on the road, let’s take a look at four reasons why the Bulls got the better of the Celtics in Game 1 and Game 2.
He took $2.9 million to fill Bogut’s void and be part of the championship favorites, and the increased scrutiny that entailed. He never regretted it, though, even with the financial risk.
Two things, Pachulia explained. First, it was a risk, right? But I made the decision and the kind of person I am, I don’t regret a decision once I make it. If things don’t go the way I am expecting them to go, then that is just the experience. I am not going to look back and cry about it. But, second thing, I am glad I made the decision because it has been an amazing journey and ride so far. Hopefully, it is going to be better before we finish it because it is a really special moment to be part of this amazing organization. I don’t worry about the money. Dub Nation, it is priceless.