The Boston Celtics came into their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Miami Heat riding an incredible high. Many thought they were locks for the NBA Finals.
Then came Game 1, where they completely laid an egg. Sure, Boston was without Al Horford and Marcus Smart in that one – but that is the nature of the playoffs. You won’t always have all your guys.
The Celtics ultimately righted the ship on Thursday night, however, when they secured a dominant 127-102 victory in Game 2 of the match-up.
Key to Boston’s win was the fact that nobody outside Jimmy Butler could really get things going for Miami. And that’s something that caught the eye of Al Horford’s sister, Anna. So much so, in fact, that she took to Twitter to address the matter head on:
Just stop Butler & we’re good… Seriously, that’s it…
— Anna Horford (@AnnaHorford) May 20, 2022
Yikes. It’s never a great sign when your squad is openly labeled a one-player team by observers.
It’s hard to fault Anna for her assessment, though.
Butler attempted another third quarter comeback on Thursday night like what happened in Game 1. He even scored 16 of his 29 points in the third quarter. But this time around, his Heat teammates were unable to match his tenacity and intensity.
Butler then lost his favorite teammate part of the way through the third quarter. From there, Game 2 felt like a lost cause.
— Game 7 (@game7__) May 20, 2022
This isn’t the first time Anna has gone viral in these playoffs. And based on her social media activity, it’s unlikely to be the last.
Will Butler and the Heat ultimately prove Anna wrong with a strong bounce back effort in Game 3? Or will her hypothesis prove to be true?
A final answer one way or the other should emerge in the next few days.