The New England Patriots are currently gearing up for OTAs, but Boston sports fans were still faced with a great deal of anxiety this weekend, as the Bruins and Celtics were involved in their own Game 7s.
On Saturday, the Bruins fell short to the Hurricanes, putting all of the pressure on Jayson Tatum and the Celtics to see to it that at least one Boston-based sports team moved a step closer to winning a championship.
After all, based on how the Red Sox’ season has started, they’re closer to blowing up their core than winning a World Series, but we digress.
When the dust settled from TD Garden on Sunday, the Celtics walked away with a surprisingly comfortable win over the short-handed Bucks. A career performance from Grant Williams, 23 points from Tatum and a 19-point effort from Jaylen Brown was all it took for Boston to take down the reigning champs.
There were countless high-profile Boston individuals in attendance, and that list included several Patriots players. In this highlight, you can see Robert Kraft, Mac Jones and Kendrick Bourne celebrating an Al Horford dunk.
Patriots stars Mac Jones and Kendrick Bourne were loving the Celtics’ Game 7 win at TD Garden on Sunday.
This is awesome. Though not pictured, Damien Harris, Deatrich Wise and Jerod Mayo were among the Patriots who took in the do-or-die contest.
At this point in the game, the Celtics had weathered a fast start from Milwaukee. After trailing by as many as 10 points in the first quarter, Boston outscored the Bucks 89-55 the rest of the way. That included holding Milwaukee to under 20 points in the second and fourth quarters.
Winning games on the defensive end of the floor has been the Celtics’ calling card all season, so they have more in common with the Patriots than you think. With that said, it’s clear Pats Nation is hoping the additions of DeVante Parker and Tyquan Thornton will help take the pressure off Matt Judon and the defense.
Being the quarterback of the Patriots comes with great pressure, obviously, but it also gives you clearance to congratulate the series MVP — Tatum — on the court after the game. Check out this cool exchange between the young stars.
This had to be an awesome moment for both Tatum and Jones.
Already regarded as a superstar, Tatum had his playoff coming out party in this series, which included a legendary 46-point performance on the road in Game 6 with the Celtics facing elimination.
Will Jones follow it up with his own signature playoff moment in 2022? For that to happen, the Patriots will have to get into the tournament, and that’s far from a guarantee given how stacked the AFC is expected to be.
As for the Celtics, they’ll take on the Heat with a ticket to the NBA Finals on the line and Jones and Co. will support them every step of the way.