In a playoff run outlined by “The Town,” the Celtics should flip the script within the Eastern Conference Finals towards the Miami Heat if they need a Hollywood ending.
They are two losses from becoming a member of “The Departed.”
Game 3 is tonight in South Beach.
“The Verdict” after choking away Games 1 and a pair of at house to “The Heat”?
“Knives Out” for Joe Mazzulla.
The late-game “Spotlight” has been too vibrant for Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and their teammates.
There has been no “Celtic Pride” on show up to now towards Miami. Nor does this staff look like getting “Stronger.” They may as nicely have been taking a dip at Singing Beach in “Manchester By The Sea.”
Miami’s Jimmy Butler has reprised his position because the “Boston Strangler” this spring.
In Games 1 and a pair of, Butler averaged 31 factors, 6.5 boards and 6.5 assists. He scored 9 factors throughout Miami’s 24-9 run that closed out Game 2, after scoring seven within the remaining 6:48 of Game 1.
“How do you like them apples?”
Yes, Grant Williams “poked the bear.” But the Celtics performed like taller variations of “Ted,” getting stuffed through the third quarter of Game 1 and remaining minutes of Game 2.
Just as troubling, nobody in a Celtics uniform backed up Williams on or off the court docket after he went head-to-head with Butler. Williams was left alone on Butler by his overmatched coach. Still, Williams made Boston’s final three baskets of the sport. His Celtics teammates, nonetheless, proceeded to overlook their remaining 5 pictures.
After it was over, Brown pulled a basic “Fredo.”
This movie nod, too, ties again to Massachusetts. In “The Godfather,” Fredo Corleone aligns with Moe Greene towards his brother Michael (Al Pacino). Greene was performed by the late Alex Rocco. Born in Cambridge as Alex Petricone, Rocco was a real-life member of the Winter Hill Gang in Somerville. In his pre-Hollywood life, he was arrested 3 times, admitted to being a bookie, and did jail time after being concerned in a diner brawl.
When requested about Williams’ antics after the sport, Brown took sides towards the household with a terse “next question,” tossing his teammate apart with “Malice.”
Brown and Butler’s “Love Story” is a real bromance. They are shut pals off the court docket. Brown in all probability didn’t wish to danger lacking out on an invitation to Butler’s subsequent “Patriots Day” bash.
While Celtics State Run Media selected to vilify Williams, it was Brown who went 7-for-23 from the ground in Game 2 and hit one among seven tried 3-pointers. Just three of his 16 factors got here within the fourth quarter. Brown missed his remaining three pictures.
Sounds like a max contract man to me.
Brown has now known as out followers and didn’t assist his personal teammate in public. If he desires somebody guilty for this staff’s present predicament, maybe he ought to log into “The Social Network” and examine his homepage. Or comply with @FCHWPO on Twitter or Instagram.
The in-game changes and planning of Miami coach Erik Spoelstra have supplied “The Perfect Storm” in stopping Boston’s prime two gamers in crunch time.
Tatum has but to make a fourth-quarter subject purpose. Tatum has been going to the basket and choosing up fouls. He’s hit all 11 fourth-quarter free throws on this collection.
Tatum has outscored Butler within the collection, averaging 32 factors. Sadly, these factors have carried far much less influence. Math however. Tatum lacks the grit of an Eddie Coyle (Robert Mitchum) or the edgy sophistication of a Thomas Crown (the Steve McQueen model). But he’s the most effective participant within the NBA when he’s at his finest. We noticed that in Game 7 towards Philly.
(Rocco appeared with Mitchum in “The Friends of Eddie Coyle.”)
While you goal all of your anger at Williams, listed below are two numbers to mute the narrative that his discuss trashed Boston’s hope of a Game 2 victory.
Boston was outrebounded 45-35. The Celtics dedicated 9 turnovers, whereas forcing simply two. That’s a web of 17 possessions for the Heat, and a possible 51 factors in the event that they resulted in 3-pointers.
Even if Williams responded to Butler in signal language, or within the comfortable, alluring voice of “CODA’s” Ruby, Butler was going to strike just like the great-white shark in “Jaws.”
Like so many others who went to Marquette, Butler is a delicate genius. He fortunately went together with the narrative Friday. To a degree.
“When people talk to me, I’m like, ‘OK, I know I’m a decent player, if you want to talk to me out of everyone that you can talk to?’ But it’s just competition. I do respect (Williams) though. He’s a big part of what they try to do. He switches. He can shoot the ball. I just don’t know if I’m the best person to talk to,” Butler stated.
Williams, in true Bay State-based film protagonist kind, delivered a profanity-filled rationalization of his actions.
“I’m a competitor and I’m gonna battle,” Williams stated. “My mom always taught me, and my dad as well, you get your (expletive) kicked and you don’t come back home until you come battle again. You either come back before you die, or you come back and get a win — and I’m not willing to die in this Finals. I’m ready to come back and get a (expletive) win.”
Because the Celtics have blown second-half leads in each video games at house, this collection has followers prepared for a leap into “Mystic River,” and even worse, to examine themselves into “Shutter Island.”
Boston should win 4 of 5 towards the Sons of Pat Riley, which embrace three video games in Miami-Dade County.
Otherwise, they’ll be “Gone Baby Gone.”
And without end be a part of the 2023 Bruins as “Uncut Gems.”
Bill Speros (@RealOBF and @BillSperos) may be reached at [email protected]. Let him know If your favourite Massachusetts-tied movie didn’t make it.