6/13 Finals Game 5 @ GSW

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I'm nervous. I admit it. I really have no idea how this will go. That they have not lost two in a row is huge. But winning in SF is not a common occurrence for road teams. And the offense going tight and misguided at the end of game 4 is ringing in my ears. I have tix for game 6 and desperately want to be at a potentially series clinching game in Boston. Like I was able to do in 2008. Yes, nervous.
 

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Anyone flown United recently and know if I’ll be able to watch the game live? On a work trip and currently scheduled to fly home Thursday night landing at 10pm. I could switch to a red eye to ensure I see the full game, but if I’m gonna get that first hour on the plane I can tolerate the time I’ll miss between landing and getting out of Logan given that it’ll likely include halftime. Frustratingly those are my only two options given Thursday morning and Friday afternoon commitments.
I (sort-of) watched the game on a United flight a few weeks ago.
In my case the flight was international and I had to pay for wi-fi for a chance to watch. I used one of the streaming free sites and watched on my tablet. I was able to get the game about 50% of the time, the other 50% I was struggling with refreshing, looking for better streams, etc.

If you are on a domestic flight, you might get one of the planes with tv screens with basic cable on the backs of all the seats and it will be free and a lot easier.
 

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I’m going to miss this one and not know what happened for like 6 hours post game. Will be in an excursion in the Maldives. First world problems, yes, but man I am going to be wondering all day.
 

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Anyone flown United recently and know if I’ll be able to watch the game live? On a work trip and currently scheduled to fly home Thursday night landing at 10pm. I could switch to a red eye to ensure I see the full game, but if I’m gonna get that first hour on the plane I can tolerate the time I’ll miss between landing and getting out of Logan given that it’ll likely include halftime. Frustratingly those are my only two options given Thursday morning and Friday afternoon commitments.
Yes, I fly United a lot, and maybe 1/3-ish of the flights have DirecTV. Look at the Entertainment Options on your flight itinerary, and it should tell you whether your plane will be one of them..
 

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Looks like they are separating Brothers from Zarba, which means we'll be getting Zarba in 6 or 7. Rather just get it all out of the way in one.
 

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I blame the G4 loss on the Garden DJ for playing Dirty Water half way through the 4th. Who does that?
Thank you for this. I heard it and by the time I looked in the game thread I didn't see it mentioned and thought maybe I had an auditory hallucination. The in game entertainment coordinator or whatever the fuck that person's title is should not be allowed in TD again like, ever.
 

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I keep mentioning this in the game threads, but I take breaks.

Dude, I'm 40 now. I have a kid who's FIRED UP all the time and loves Marcus Smart's green hair.

When I'm feeling so stressed by the game, I set a timer on my phone for 10 minutes and come back then. I'm fine with it. Getting a breather when the Celtics are committing dumb turnover after another is a good stress relief.
I pause it when they start falling behind and then fast forward and hope they catch up. I’m 62 and in the office tomorrow at 8:30. I cannot skip the game. I wish they kept my WFH days Tuesday & Thursday / they switched to Thursday & Friday for the Summer.
 

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Looks like they are separating Brothers from Zarba, which means we'll be getting Zarba in 6 or 7. Rather just get it all out of the way in one.
The real question is who we get on Thursday. If we get zarba/foster then we'll see everyone Sunday night. If not the league might be OK with tonight's winner taking it in 6.
 

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Dirty Water, Tony Brothers. Too much garbage to process all day, LFG! Drub the Dubs in front of their Chablis-sipping ennui-sated so-called fans.
 

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I pause it when they start falling behind and then fast forward and hope they catch up. I’m 62 and in the office tomorrow at 8:30. I cannot skip the game. I wish they kept my WFH days Tuesday & Thursday / they switched to Thursday & Friday for the Summer.
I've been switching to radio only by the beginning of the 2nd half. I really dont need to see it.
 

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I've been switching to radio only by the beginning of the 2nd half. I really dont need to see it.
My wife hears me start yelling when the game is going South and she tells me to take a break. So I put on Netflix or Hulu and I hope they catch up:)
 

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My wife hears me start yelling when the game is going South and she tells me to take a break. So I put on Netflix or Hulu and I hope they catch up:)
It's similar for me and I don't know why.

For some reason, and maybe it's just the way the NBA is officiated, it's hard to watch even with my team in the finals. It's not like I haven't had lots of pressure-filled games that I've watched in my time as a Boston sports fan, but it's different with this and I can't figure out why. I'm still invested in the team, I read the articles, tweets, I post and read the forum here, but watching the games has been difficult.
 

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It's similar for me and I don't know why.

For some reason, and maybe it's just the way the NBA is officiated, it's hard to watch even with my team in the finals. It's not like I haven't had lots of pressure-filled games that I've watched in my time as a Boston sports fan, but it's different with this and I can't figure out why. I'm still invested in the team, I read the articles, tweets, I post and read the forum here, but watching the games has been difficult.
Feel similar. I think the officiating is one aspect. I also think that there is something about this particular team and their focus level (and resulting turnovers or lack thereof) make the viewing experience difficult at times.
 

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It's similar for me and I don't know why.

For some reason, and maybe it's just the way the NBA is officiated, it's hard to watch even with my team in the finals. It's not like I haven't had lots of pressure-filled games that I've watched in my time as a Boston sports fan, but it's different with this and I can't figure out why. I'm still invested in the team, I read the articles, tweets, I post and read the forum here, but watching the games has been difficult.
Part of it is that I know it would be SO incredibly exciting if they actually won this championship with such a young core. Plus we all know that there is no guarantee that they will ever get a better chance to win an NBA championship. So close so I internalize the pressure. Good news is I let the loss go pretty quick by Saturday AM. But I was so irritated that they were up 5 late with a clear path to being up 3-1.

still NONE of this compares to watching Magic hit the hook shot in a bar some 35 plus years ago. Then again I was never in my right mind back then so besides throwing a chair across the bar, I didn’t feel a thing. Still irks me no end we didn’t get the 4th title for the Bird team.
 

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Make the refs irrelevant—attack in offense, no turnovers, win the loose balls and rebounds
 

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Part of it is that I know it would be SO incredibly exciting if they actually won this championship with such a young core. Plus we all know that there is no guarantee that they will ever get a better chance to win an NBA championship. So close so I internalize the pressure. Good news is I let the loss go pretty quick by Saturday AM. But I was so irritated that they were up 5 late with a clear path to being up 3-1.

still NONE of this compares to watching Magic hit the hook shot in a bar some 35 plus years ago. Then again I was never in my right mind back then so besides throwing a chair across the bar, I didn’t feel a thing. Still irks me no end we didn’t get the 4th title for the Bird team.
Yep, I remember the hook shot. I watched the 2003 ALCS. The 86 Series. And I watched the recent playoff games of the Sox, Pats, Bruins, etc. And important games for the USMNT and the EPL team I support.

And I intently follow the Celtics score on my phone, etc. But I cannot watch all 48 minutes. It's weird.
 

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Feel similar. I think the officiating is one aspect. I also think that there is something about this particular team and their focus level (and resulting turnovers or lack thereof) make the viewing experience difficult at times.
I think it is the sport in general. Basketball and hockey in particular are so fast there is no room for mental breaks even with a lead that seems comfortable. Especially the way the NBA is now, a 15 pt lead before the 4th quarter is basically nothing because any good run is likely to string together a couple threes at least and make it a close game in an instant. Hockey is tougher in other ways because scoring is at much more of a premium and is also much more luck-based; for example it's very easy to dominate the run of play in a hockey game and lose because of hot goaltending or hitting the post a bunch of times, etc, whereas wholesale domination almost by definition results in a win in basketball because of how many possessions there are.

Football and baseball are stressful in their own ways. MLB playoffs are kind of like sitting inside a vice grip that tightens with every pitch. The structure of football helps a bit, I think. There's not really an equivalent in football of a Steph Curry hitting 8 3s against tight defense. A bunch of 3rd down completions, maybe? But even that still requires a lot of other factors before it can decide a game.

I have generally watched most of these playoffs but various circumstances have had me away from the TV for several of them, including game 7 against Miami and a good chunk of the last game. As I get older I am finding myself more accepting of this.
 

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Man, I thought it was just me, and I love the Celtics but don't live and die with them like I do with the Sox or Bruins.

Still, this has been arduous, and I've been struggling to stay with the games as a result. At the half, I always switch it over to the Sox if they're on (not an option tonight), and lately I've been staying with baseball until I feel as though I've built up enough psychic stamina to get through the rest of these playoff games. In game 3, I didn't get back until there were 10 minutes left in the 4th.

No idea how I get through tonight. It's supposed to be fun, right?
 

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I have generally watched most of these playoffs but various circumstances have had me away from the TV for several of them, including game 7 against Miami and a good chunk of the last game. As I get older I am finding myself more accepting of this.
We're probably not real fans anymore. If the Celtics lose tonight, I'll be pissed, but by the morning I'll be fine, and I'll mostly just avoid the SoSH forum and not listen to any Celtics pods.
 

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One thing to keep in mind is that the Warriors have needed curry to be absolutely brilliant just to stay in these games. What happens if he is merely mortal? And by that I mean a 25 point game on 40% shooting. I think Golden State could be in some serious trouble in that situation.
 

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One thing to keep in mind is that the Warriors have needed curry to be absolutely brilliant just to stay in these games. What happens if he is merely mortal? And by that I mean a 25 point game on 40% shooting. I think Golden State could be in some serious trouble in that situation.
You're right, of course, but we're running out of time for that to actually happen.
 

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Yep, I remember the hook shot. I watched the 2003 ALCS. The 86 Series. And I watched the recent playoff games of the Sox, Pats, Bruins, etc. And important games for the USMNT and the EPL team I support.

And I intently follow the Celtics score on my phone, etc. But I cannot watch all 48 minutes. It's weird.
100% with you here. I have to take breaks, watch the score on the web, but when this team does dumb turnover after dumb turnover, I have to just walk away from *watching* it.
 

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You're right, of course, but we're running out of time for that to actually happen.
Absolutely right, but on the flip side, Curry has never played this well, like, ever in the playoffs. I think his TS% is the highest playoff series of his career. It's bananas. I looked back through his entire playoff game log yesterday, he almost always has either a total stinker (like 3-14 or whatever), or if not, something like one of the meh Tatum games this playoffs (8-21 for 22 points or whatever). His worst game this series is 9-21 for 29 points I think.

Edit here is my post from yesterday

Looking through Curry's career playoff game log, he almost always has a stinker (or at least a relatively poor game) in pretty much every single playoff series he's ever played in. That hasn't happened yet this series; his worst performance was 9-21 and 5-12 from 3 for 29 points on 21 shots, which is still fantastic.

But just looking back:
WCF: 5-17
WCS: 4-10; 10-27
WC1: 5-13

2019:
6-17, 6-17, 7-23, 3-14

2018:
3-16, 10-26, 6-19

2017:
4-13, 6-18

Etc.

He's due for a relatively lousy shooting game, unless you think something the Celtics are doing defensively is allowing him to shoot this well. Feels to me that he is just locked in and making a lot of really tough shots
 

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Make the refs irrelevant—attack in offense, no turnovers, win the loose balls and rebounds
Interested to see if Tatum follows-up with his stated intent to go stronger at the rim. I'm not sure you can flip that switch suddenly, but if he can get back to scoring at the rim at an average clip and up his FTAs, it would be huge.

On Simmon's recent pod, Russillo also made the good point that playing with pace doesn't preclude you from getting the ball up fast and then resetting the possession as appropriate. Especially in the last 5 minutes, that would be huge for this team. Again, not sure you can just flip that switch though.
 

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Put a body on Wiggins. Dude had 16 boards in G4.
I'd like to see TL not sell all the way out to block every pull-up attempt in the lane. The perimeter rotations already mess up the boxouts; somebody has to go get the ball.
 

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I know we've had our fun with the Armenian Game Threads here throughout the season, so I'd be remiss if I didn't note that the Armenian Community and the Boston Sports community lost a treasure this week. Regina Vartanian Najerian lost a long battle with cancer. She is the wife of Berj Najarian, director of football/head coach administration, and called the consigliere to Bill Belichick. For those not familiary with Berj, a couple of pieces that have been done on him over the years, including one very recently when he ran the marathon:

https://www.patriots.com/news/berj-najarian-runs-2022-boston-marathon-but-that-s-nothing-compared-to-his-armen

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/04/sports/football/berj-najarian-is-a-key-figure-in-the-patriots-inner-circle.html

https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2019/01/31/who-mysterious-berj-najarian-bill-belichick-right-hand-man/PdvKUC9ZQcxttHhmYVFk5M/story.html

Recently, Regina was the driving force behind the sale of Berj's "my cause, my cleats" auction and a huge supporter of the Armenian community. I was proud to call her a friend, and her son and mine also. Her celebration of life will be at Gillette Stadium this week.

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/bostonglobe/name/regina-najarian-obituary?pid=202181589

So, win this one for Regina, Berj and their two boys, so they can dance again like they did with the Pats, in this video below, you'll see the boys enter about halfway through the video:

View: https://twitter.com/JennyVrentas/status/1092274264110219265?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1092274264110219265%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.boston.com%2Fsports%2Fnew-england-patriots%2F2019%2F02%2F04%2Fpatriots-locker-room-celebration-video%2F
 

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I know we've had our fun with the Armenian Game Threads here throughout the season, so I'd be remiss if I didn't note that the Armenian Community and the Boston Sports community lost a treasure this week. Regina Vartanian Najerian lost a long battle with cancer. She is the wife of Berj Najarian, director of football/head coach administration, and called the consigliere to Bill Belichick. For those not familiary with Berj, a couple of pieces that have been done on him over the years, including one very recently when he ran the marathon:

https://www.patriots.com/news/berj-najarian-runs-2022-boston-marathon-but-that-s-nothing-compared-to-his-armen

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/04/sports/football/berj-najarian-is-a-key-figure-in-the-patriots-inner-circle.html

https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2019/01/31/who-mysterious-berj-najarian-bill-belichick-right-hand-man/PdvKUC9ZQcxttHhmYVFk5M/story.html

Recently, Regina was the driving force behind the sale of Berj's "my cause, my cleats" auction and a huge supporter of the Armenian community. I was proud to call her a friend, and her son and mine also. Her celebration of life will be at Gillette Stadium this week.

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/bostonglobe/name/regina-najarian-obituary?pid=202181589

So, win this one for Regina, Berj and their two boys, so they can dance again like they did with the Pats, in this video below, you'll see the boys enter about halfway through the video:

View: https://twitter.com/JennyVrentas/status/1092274264110219265?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1092274264110219265%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.boston.com%2Fsports%2Fnew-england-patriots%2F2019%2F02%2F04%2Fpatriots-locker-room-celebration-video%2F
Thank you for posting this. I see Berj all the time on the sideline. Had no idea his wife was going through this. This is really sad.
 

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One thing to keep in mind is that the Warriors have needed curry to be absolutely brilliant just to stay in these games. What happens if he is merely mortal? And by that I mean a 25 point game on 40% shooting. I think Golden State could be in some serious trouble in that situation.
OTOH the Warriors haven't had the "Klay game" this round. Even after the injury he's good for one supernova game per round.
 

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OMEN: my daughter is watching Full House and it's an episode where Bob Saget parades around in 80's Warriors warmups while trying to find a babysitter so he can do a news segment with the team. Then DJ comes home just in time and he gets to go!

This means the Celtics will win.
 

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I know we've had our fun with the Armenian Game Threads here throughout the season, so I'd be remiss if I didn't note that the Armenian Community and the Boston Sports community lost a treasure this week. Regina Vartanian Najerian lost a long battle with cancer. She is the wife of Berj Najarian, director of football/head coach administration, and called the consigliere to Bill Belichick. For those not familiary with Berj, a couple of pieces that have been done on him over the years, including one very recently when he ran the marathon:
thanks so much for posting this!
 

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My 6 year old son loves the Celtics and we record every single playoff game and he watches the next day. It's great when they win, but when they lose I basically have to relive the pain as my son watches the recorded version. The pain is obviously worse now that the games start at 9:10 so it's good to know I'm not the only one with this line of thinking. I'm strongly considering just watching with him tomorrow morning or at least the 2nd half. As mentioned it's not an elimination game and my kids have me up at 6 daily anyway so the media blackout is only a couple of hours of actual awake time.
 

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While we're all complaining about harrowing it is to follow this playoff run:

Here in Berlin, the Finals all start at 3am. If I wake up in the middle of the night, I have to will myself to somehow fall back to sleep without checking the score. The moment I look at my phone, it's all over and I'm roped in until the final buzzer. I find myself thusly skidding over the surface of REM sleep all night until about 4:45 or 5 when I'm willing to throw in on the towel and start score-monitoring. Compounding all this is the fact that my son has suddenly gotten passionately into the team this season, and so I'm staring at the phone at 5:30am knowing that a 9 year-old's heartbreak is hanging in the balance. So, yeah: definitely a love-hate relationship with this postseason experience.
Here in Hawaii, the games come on at 3 PM. While there are no sleep issues involved, the anguish is the same. No lead is safe with this team when they fall into a collective funk.