The 76ers won Game 3 over the Celtics. Except they didn’t. In fact, they never did.
Unfortunately for whoever operates the celebratory confetti at Wells Fargo Center, that person is beyond red-faced on Saturday night as the Sixers lost Game 3 to the Celtics to go down 3-0 in their opening round playoff series. That’s because after Marco Belinelli tied the game with a two-pointer at the buzzer in regulation, the confetti rained down as if Philly had won on a three.
So, naturally, Twitter took close notice of the peculiar premature celebration, even as the game went to overtime. Onlookers certainly had plenty of time to get their 280-character quips out, since crews had to come in and sweep all the unnecessary confetti off the floor. Many wondered why the Sixers would have confetti ready in the first place, even if they did win. They’d still only be down 2-1.
Instead, they ended up down 0-3 and couldn’t have more egg on their faces.
The confetti drops in Philly......for overtime @MickstapeShow pic.twitter.com/cRESYkXcIl— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) May 5, 2018
This is why you don't use confetti until the finals.... ????— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) May 5, 2018
Can we just recognize that Philly had confetti ready to drop for a Round 2 Game 3 win?— Toucher and Rich (@Toucherandrich) May 5, 2018
The guy in charge of the confetti cannon ... pic.twitter.com/JBT0bkPxjg— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) May 5, 2018
Put the confetti back in the ceiling, dog.— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) May 5, 2018
The Confetti operator takes off his mask.... pic.twitter.com/yvKbUB6Xnt— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) May 5, 2018
Apparently, in Philadelphia, they throw confetti for ties.— Tony Massarotti (@TonyMassarotti) May 5, 2018
Lol @ them dropping confetti......— Anna Horford (@AnnaHorford) May 5, 2018
Solid confetti drop for a tied game there, Philly. Solid. #BOSvsPHI— Kayce Smith (@KayceSmith) May 5, 2018
They really dropped the confetti in Philly ???????? pic.twitter.com/vIFJp72vQD— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 5, 2018
Imagine dropping confetti for forcing overtime. WHAT a bunch of losers. See you after the sweep— DJ Bean (@DJ_Bean) May 5, 2018
LOL they released the confetti, Sixers game staffers literally sprinting toward the confetti gun people telling them to stop— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) May 5, 2018
The premature confetti is fine. It happens to every arena.— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) May 5, 2018
Nice work, Philadelphia, you’ve become Milwaukee. Confetti when you are potentially DOWN 2-1 in the series. You should know better.— Jon Wallach (@KenGriffeyRules) May 5, 2018
And it got even better after the Celtics sealed the win, officially making Saturday night “The Confetti Game” forever. The Sixers had to take their lumps after perhaps the most poorly timed confetti drop in American history.
Hey @sixers,— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) May 6, 2018
Can we borrow that confetti?
...actually nvm. We'll wait pic.twitter.com/i1oxpGvERJ
"Take your confetti!." — Celtics, probably. pic.twitter.com/T13LEFIXZJ— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) May 5, 2018
They dropped confetti. #NeverForget— Toucher and Rich (@Toucherandrich) May 5, 2018
Confetti?— Mike From Woburn (@MikeFromWoburn) May 5, 2018
More like Regretti.
Here ya go #Celtics #BOSvsPHI pic.twitter.com/jLu9IwGTna— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) May 5, 2018
Hey, that’s really great sportsmanship from Philadelphia to prematurely drop confetti to celebrate a Celtics win. Rare to see the road team do that. Hope to see more of that unifying going forward.— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) May 5, 2018
CANT STOP LAUGHING AT PHILLY LOSERS ???????????? pic.twitter.com/Ei1Ssw3CT8— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) May 6, 2018
Why didn’t they drop confetti again? I don’t understand— #Mickstape (@ColeyMick) May 5, 2018
And the poor guy in charge of the confetti even got identified – while wearing an all-too-fitting shirt for the moment.
Guy in charge of confetti flub is wearing a shirt that says “breaking news. I don’t care”— Sarah Todd (@NBASarah) May 5, 2018
The 76ers will have to win on Monday night in Philadelphia to keep their season alive. But you have to think there’s no coming back from that.
Hard to recover from losing the game, too.
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