ORLANDO — As the Celtics reflected on their blown opportunity, their chance to reach the NBA Finals as the highest seed left in the Eastern Conference, Glenn Frey’s “The Heat is On” blared through the cozy AdventHealth Arena as the Miami Heat celebrated their return to elite status.
The Celtics could have been on the floor celebrating, drowning in confetti and sharing deep hugs, but they just weren’t tough enough. They lacked the killer instinct. They panicked in crunch time. They were exposed for their lack of a true center.
They just weren’t good enough.
The Celtics will, however long this offseason lasts, lament this series. They gave away the first two games — or rather they were taken away from them — and when they needed to be perfect, they weren’t.