The Boston Celtics may have shifted the narrative and the momentum back in their favor.
The players looked like the stars they are, and they showed the pride that had been lacking in that must-win game vs. the Miami Heat.
That’s why Colin Cowherd believes this could be a momentum-changing game ahead of Game 5, and even though he doesn’t think the Celtics will ultimately win this series, it will surely help them build from this.
"These guys have been together for a long time. They were embarrassed."
— @ColinCowherd on Celtics staving off elimination pic.twitter.com/vIswj9ULsY
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) May 24, 2023
Cowherd pointed out the fact that it was the players — not the coach — that took over in this game, with Marcus Smart even grabbing the coach’s chair at one point in the game.
He also explained that having two All-NBA players should almost guarantee you are winning a series like this and going to the NBA Finals, citing that the only way a team like the Miami Heat could beat them with so many undrafted players is by winning the intensity and hustle battle.
That has been the case for the better part of the series.
Celtics players’ body language was way off more often than not, and it sometimes felt like they had tapped out and given up.
The series will now head back to the TD Garden and the Celtics will look to become the first team to come back from a 3-0 deficit in NBA playoff history.
And while they most definitely have the talent to pull that off, perhaps the best they can hope for is to extend this series and exhaust the Heat ahead of the NBA Finals.
But at least they’ll go down swinging.NEXT: Celtics Release Hype Video After Game 4 Win