BOSTON — Walking into TD Garden for a Celtics game during the regular season is all about spending time with friends. However, when you walk into the Garden for a playoff game, the atmosphere drastically changes. Even walking the streets around the arena to grab a bite to eat before the game, you can feel the raw emotion in the area.
In their history, the Celtics have 17 championships to their credit. This year, they are chasing an 18th title, but they are also rallying around team star Isaiah Thomas. His sister passed away during a car crash just a few days ago, and the emotions have been flowing ever since. Thomas averaged the third most points in the NBA this season and led the Celtics to many victories.
Tuesday, the matchup in game two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Chicago Bulls ended up being a game for every Celtics fan to forget. It was pure ugly to watch, especially from inside the Garden.
The Celtics were purely outplayed and out-coached in every aspect of the game, which also happened in game one on Sunday.
Unfortunately, a 2-0 series deficit now lies ahead as they travel to Chicago for Friday night and game three.
I’ve been to more than a handful of Celtics games in my life, but Tuesday’s loss stung the entire fanbase inside the Garden, including me. When it was all said and done, the fans were booing when the Celtics exited the court after a straight up rear-end kicking. Although they are going through a tough time, sometimes the boos can fire a team up. Let’s hope that is the case this season.
Although the Celtics lost Tuesday, the experience inside the Garden is one that no one would want to miss. It’s something everyone should experience at least once in your life. If you don’t, you’re truly missing out. Walking into the Garden, chills truly run down your spine. You’re not just walking into any other arena—there is plenty of history that you have to pay attention to as you walk in the front door. Legends have played in Boston for years.
The food, well, it’s overpriced. Just like any other arena in sports, if you want to buy a soda, you have to unload your wallet. It’s not a place for a cheap snack.
Instead, the Garden is a place to have a good time while cheering on your favorite Celtics. No matter what happens, Celtics fans support the team. As a fan, you have an obligation to walk into the Garden and cheer with all you have in you.
Let’s hope Brad Stevens and the rest of the coaching staff come up with what it will take to come back from a 2-0 deficit.
For those interested in attending a game, you may still have a chance before the season is over. If the Celtics are able to pull off a win in at least one game in Chicago, game five will take place on April 26.