1) After making that jumper, which is his shot that he has not been making, it should boost his confidence in the fact that he can make it. What better way to gain belief in yourself, than to hit a buzzer beater on the road?
2) The team now has faith that they can get it done when down and out. In the fourth quarter everything was falling apart and a loss looked imminent. The team came back and Garnett sealed it with his shot. Without that shot, they would have gone into double OT and it is better to finish the game when you have the chance earlier rather than later, especially on the road.
3) The team began to lose a little enthusiasm in their game, but I think now with an exciting victory, they have new reason to play hard. When everything that could possibly be going wrong is going wrong, I could imagine it would be difficult to be enthused, as the Celtics appeared to simply be waiting for the next bad thing to happen. FINALLY something positive happened.
4) The team would have been 9-5, and 2 games back in the loss column to the Lakers. That would not be a pretty sight. The last thing this team needs is to be looking directly up at the Lakers all year trying to chase them. We need all the wins we can get before we head out on the road for most of the month of December. The Lakers schedule gets tougher in the near future so things could get a little interesting. If the Celtics get to the Finals, I don’t like the 2-3-2 format with the Lakers having home court.
5) Momentum is in our favor. Can you feel it? I know I can. I am not half as worried about the upcoming game with Philadelphia as I have been worried about the upcoming games for the past couple weeks. I don’t care if the Celtics hit a buzzer beater against your local area High School, that shot was huge. Simply because it was against the Knicks does not make it any less special. Our last play, of our last game, was executed to perfection. This is a much better way to end a game than some of our previous victories where they ended the game very slowly, leaving them nothing to roll into the next game.
I think that shot was the shift that will change our season around from this game forward. I had that feeling when the game was close coming down the stretch, and I think the same now. Of course only time will tell, and we will have to wait until Wednesday night to see if the Celtics bring it and throw the 76ers around.
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