A few days ago, the Boston Celtics lost 3-0 to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Miami was clearly the better team, and it looked like the Celtics lost their will to compete in the second half of Game 3.
The Celtics will come back from a 3-0 deficit, predicts Richard Jefferson
Richard Jefferson says the Nuggets will face the Celtics in the finals:
“It’s going to be Boston. Boston will be the first team to return (from 0-3)”
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) May 25, 2023
But Boston was able to respond in style in Game 4. After basically everyone was counting them down and already planning the NBA Heat vs. Finals. The Nuggets, Jayson Tatum and co showed signs of life. They won the elimination game away by 17 points, blasting the Heat and keeping the season alive.
No team in NBA history has come back from a 3-0 loss in any playoff round, but there are a few pundits at ESPN who are giving Boston a fighting chance. One of them even boldly predicted a return.
Richard Jefferson was the one featured in the NBA on ESPN on Thursday. Explaining which team Denver would prefer to see in the Finals, Jefferson explained why the Heat would be an easier opponent for Nikola Jokić and the Nuggets. He ended his speech by saying “when” instead of “if” as he spoke about the Celtics potentially advancing.
Jefferson later doubled down, saying that Boston would be the first team ever to complete the elusive 3–0 comeback.
— First Take (@FirstTake) May 25, 2023
Brian Windhorst himself warned of a potential Celtics attack in the upcoming games. He called the current situation the conference finals “bizzaro” and nothing can be ruled out, given the unpredictability of the playoffs so far. Windhorst went into detail about how big the odds are against Boston, but ends by saying anything is possible this season.
Bookmakers like their chances of at least extending the series and bringing it back to Miami. The Celtics are the favorite for Game 5 today with 8.5 points, but the underdog has won every game in this series so far.
The Nuggets are waiting for the winner, and the first game of the NBA Finals will take place on June 1.