After a hard-fought battle against the Toronto Raptors, the 3rd seeded Celtics came out victorious in Game 7 (92-87) to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since the Tatum/Bron era began.
In what was an exhilarating matchup, Boston had to prove themselves against the reigning league Champions and it proved to be no easy task.
Following tonight’s win, however, it seems the Celtics are ready to compete at the NBA’s highest level and, for the Raptors, they have been sent back to the drawing board with a whole lot more questions than answers.
Twitter was blazing with all sorts of reactions from fans who all had something different to say about the game…
CELTICS x HEAT in the EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS!
— NBA (@NBA) September 12, 2020
Raptors lost in the 2nd round in an easier eastern conference the year after winning a championship
It was an all-time historic playoff run by Kawhi last season
— NBA All Access (@nballaccess) September 12, 2020
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) September 12, 2020
Jayson Tatum becomes the 2nd youngest player in NBA History to record a 25+ point, 10+ rebound, and 5+ assist night in a Game 7.
The other? Kobe Bryant.
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) September 12, 2020
The Boston Celtics have just accomplished the impossible — they are the first team to ever beat Patrick McCaw in the playoffs.
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) September 12, 2020
I was WRONG…Pascal Siakam is NOWHERE NEAR on the same Level of Jayson Tatum!!!
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) September 12, 2020
Do these Celtics have a shot at the NBA title? 👀 pic.twitter.com/Ldc5g61R2f
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) September 12, 2020
Some have already started looking ahead to the highly anticipated Heat vs. Celtics matchup.
Last Time that I CHECKED: This was the last time Miami Heat, Boston Celtics played each other in the Eastern Conference Finals!
— 👑📍Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson, M.A. (@ScoopB) September 12, 2020
— Caron Butler (@realtuffjuice) September 12, 2020
It was a great series all around, but Boston and their star (Jayson Tatum) have become one of the feel-good stories of the league.
Tatum is blossoming into a superstar before our very eyes. In a crucial Game 7, he dropped 29 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists and the Celtics will need that from him consistently if they want to beat Miami and advance to the Finals. Many more obstacles and challenges await.
Regardless, it has been one heck of a run. For a team so young and experienced, they’re fighting like no other team in the league right now, and perhaps it is time we stop seeing them as underdogs.
These guys can hang with anyone.