The Boston Celtics managed to live for another day and force a Game 7 at home.
This series vs. the Philadelphia 76ers has gone back and forth, with both teams winning on the road, so home-court advantage hasn’t been much of a factor thus far.
That’s why Jaylen Brown urged the fans to take the intensity up a notch for Saturday’s must-win matchup, stating that the fans’ energy hasn’t exactly been impressive in the playoffs.
“The energy in the Garden has been, okay. At best. Game 7 if you there, or if you not there… I need you to be up, I need you to come with the energy because we gonna need every bit of it.”
Jaylen Brown has a message for us Celtics Nation 🗣️🗣️🗣️ Challenge accepted @FCHWPO pic.twitter.com/z50XBCCoSw
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) May 12, 2023
Notably, the Celtics have one of the loudest, biggest, and most loyal fanbases on Earth, with the Philadelphia 76ers also ranking near the top of that list.
They are not particularly known for being respectful towards other teams, fans, or players, so maybe asking them to take the intensity up could backfire.
Even so, teams used to be scared to play at the TD Garden, one of the most historic and mythical courts in the league, and that’s what the Celtics need for this pivotal game.
Doc Rivers’ teams have a history of underperforming in potential series-clinching or win-or-go-home games, so the table is pretty much set for Joe Mazzulla and company to finish the job in front of their beloved fans.
Otherwise, the Celtics could be looking at some major changes in the offseason from their rookie coach to even perhaps Brown, who’s been rumored to be considering his future with the organization and could fetch plenty of league-wide interest if he becomes available.
Whatever the case, this will be must-watch television for hoops fans all over the world.
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