Down 26 points in the 4th, it was all over. The Celtics hadn't scored more than 20 points in any quarter and only managed 10 in the first quarter. Yet somehow, improbably, they came almost all the way back.
Avery Bradley was an absolute beast. He went from Doc's doghouse to nearly being the hero of the day. His defense turned into transition which turned into easy buckets. The Knicks got tight and the Celtics just kept coming.
But the first 3 quarters of inept offense were just too big of a hole to dig themselves out of. The team that refused to die quietly still had to die eventually.
If it was the end of an era, it would be a rather fitting end to the era. Beyond 2008, this team always found ways to dig themselves into holes. Then time after time they'd climb back out and fight on but it was never quite enough to get back to 2008.
Huge game for Avery Bradley, big game for Jeff Green, 14 points by Jason Terry. It was almost enough. Pierce was too out of sync early. Kevin Garnett probably didn't get the ball enough (as usual). The Celtics didn't move the ball like they did in game 5. The defense was there of course, but the offense was ...well, the Celtics offense.
So where do we go from here? What's next? I don't know. Stay tuned though.