Celtics, the whole city is pushing Boston.  Cheering at home a factor in stopping the Warriors

Game 6 is played tonight at 3am: the green people challenge Curry and his Golden States to bring them to beauty in San Francisco

From our correspondent Davide Chinellato

The banner hanging on the town hall makes it clear: Celtics Pride, Celtics pride. Because Boston is now the city of the Celtics, even if sportingly it is one of the most successful in America. This team – one of three remaining from the first NBA season of 1946-47 – is so much part of the city’s history that in Quincy Market, one of the landmarks of local tourism, there is the statue of the legendary Red Auerbach, the first architect on the bench and then behind the desk of a long list of Celtics successes: from the 11 titles in 13 seasons starting from 1957 signed in the field by the legendary Bill Russell (he also has a statue, in the square in front of the town hall) to those of the 1980s by Larry Bird (to whom a plaque with the imprint of his shoes is dedicated, positioned next to the statue of Auerbach). The Celtics Pride, that pride that pushes Boston citizens of any age and social status to wear green, will also be used tonight: at 3 Italian (live TV on Sky Sport, streaming on Nba League Pass) race-6 of the Finals. Boston is down 3-2: a defeat doesn’t just mean the season is over, but seeing the Golden State Warriors celebrate the title at the TD Garden.


The push of the fans is the secret ingredient with which the Celtics hope to bring the Finals back to San Francisco for the decisive game-7: “It’s fantastic to be able to play at home – explains Jayson Tatum -. Whatever happens, it will be the last home game of the season: our fans will give us all their support and that extra boost that I have felt practically from my entire career. It will be incredible, an unforgettable atmosphere “. Jaylen Brown adds: “We play Game 6 of the Finals in front of our audience. I don’t think other reasons are needed ”. Tatum and Brown are the ones to whom the Boston supporters will ask for another game, will ask to build the miracle that takes to bring the Finals to Game-7 and chase that title number 18 that in Boston, thanks to this surprising team, has become a kind of obsession. Boston has been waiting for him since 2008, when he celebrated the team that had Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen as stars and beat the Lakers of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol in the final. “It’s All About 18”, counting only the 18th title, is one of the most used slogans for the playoff campaign, well stamped in front of the south entrance that the TD Garden shares with North Station, one of the most used train stations by commuters . Between Boston and that banner are the Warriors. Those in the sixth Finals in the last 8 years thanks to the talent of Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and above all Steph Curry. Fresh from the first playoff match in his career with no triples on target, the two-time mvp did extra individual work in training on the eve of the match. And he is preparing for a new challenge, even with the Boston public. “The longer you stay on this stage, the more you get used to provocations. And you use them for fun and motivation ”.


The city of Boston in the NBA means tradition. In addition to one of the original franchises, the Celtics are the one who won the most with the Lakers. The logo featuring Lucky the Elf is as iconic as the TD Garden parquet floor, with banners hanging from the ceiling to celebrate the championships won that inspire respect and awe. In a league where the stars rule, the Celtics are one of the few franchises that put their identity and history first. It also happened for this year’s team: now that their backs are cornered, they can no longer make mistakes, they need help, of that Celtics Pride that you feel walking the streets of Boston. And that he’d be hurt if he witnessed the Warriors party tomorrow night at TD Garden.

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