Game 5 between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks was a gut-punch to the T.D. Garden faithful and everyone watching at home. Seeing the Cs blow a six-point lead in the final two minutes by playing not to lose instead of playing to win was emotionally scarring.
Marcus Smart’s poor ball-handling caused two turnovers in the final minute, and he was also blocked on a shot attempt by Jrue Holiday with the Cs down by a single point. He was not solely to blame, but that sequence was a brutal look for the point guard.
Was the loss damning enough to be the last game we see at the T.D. Garden this season because the Celtics have no chance of pushing this series to seven games?
Skip Bayless certainly seems to think so:
Can the Boston Celtics force a Game 7 or is the momentum too far gone?
‘Deer District’ gets loud, because of the Bucks’ 2021 NBA Championship they are proud, and with Giannis Antetokounmpo playing at the top of his game, the ‘Greek Freak’ and co. may be burying the Cs in a shroud.
The air was effectively sucked out of the T.D. Garden crowd on Wednesday night, and Boston was shut down in the final minute by a defense led by ace ball-hawk Jrue Holiday in a way that makes a close game a massive panic attack for any Cs fan moving forward.
The series isn’t over, but momentum is so far in Milwaukee’s favor that it honestly feels like it already is.
That puts Boston in either the perfect position, with their backs up against the wall, or on the brink of another offseason filled with difficult roster questions.