It’s May 17 and it’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. In a hard-fought and physical first half, the Celtics have managed to eke themselves out a single digit lead at halftime.
That lead then quickly evaporates, as the C’s get their doors blown off in the third quarter. Despite a slight run in the fourth, the third quarter deficit is still too much to overcome, and Boston falls down 0-1 in the series.
Do you assume this is talking about Game 1 of the 2023 Eastern Conference Finals from Wednesday night, which the Celtics lost 123-116? If so, you’re only half right.