The Boston Celtics just evened up this best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals series against the Miami Heat at two games apiece and, once again, find themselves carrying the momentum heading into their next scheduled bout.
Now, as we approach the final stretch of round three, there are many who believe that the C’s will ultimately go on to run the table, while others are under the impression that things will end up going the distance, and, should this happen, both teams have the ability and talent to advance to the championship round.
However, there is one long-standing trend that seems to bode well for Boston’s future, and, should one believe in superstitions, they could actually be under the assumption that Ime Udoka’s squad will absolutely go on to clinch their first Finals berth since the 2009-10 campaign and compete for the opportunity to hoist banner No. 18 into the rafters at TD Garden come opening night of next season.
Allow us to explain.
Dating back to 1947, each team that has participated in an NBA Finals has found itself rostering at least one former or future member of the New York Knicks, thus making it a trend that spans 75 years long.
Looking at the teams currently contending for a round four bid, only two find themselves rostering former players of the sorry franchise: the Dallas Mavericks and the Boston Celtics.
With this in mind, one could make the argument (aside from the obvious one that this whole thing is just a weird coincidence) that the Mavs could end up being that team to continue this storied trend–after all, they still technically have a chance.
That said, being they’re down 3-0 in the Western Conference Finals and look like they’d simply be lucky to pull out just one win against this Golden State Warriors team, odds are, if we’re going to see one of these ball clubs advancing, it will be the C’s.
For those of you who don’t know, the former Knickerbocker that the Boston Celtics have residing on their roster is big man Luke Kornet who, from 2017 to 2019, called Madison Square Garden home.
Though the 26-year-old may be just a bench warmer for the shamrocks, the trend does not discriminate–let’s not forget, the Toronto Raptors won the 2019 NBA Finals with Jeremy Lin comfortably sitting on the pine.
Will this long-standing run continue to live on with the Boston Celtics? We at HH sure hope so.