Did the Celtics want to win this game? Of course. But they played like a team that didn’t need to win, which is precisely why they got plastered by the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals Sunday night, thanks largely to a third-quarter ambush that looked like the Battle of Little Bighorn.
And so the NBA Finals are now tied at a game apiece, which should not surprise you. Every indication was that this was going to be a long series. The challenge for the Celtics now is to hold serve on their home floor at TD Garden, where the teams will play Games 3 and 4 of this series on Wednesday and Friday.
But if you’re looking for three takeaways from Game 2, here they are: