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Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekIncluded Columnist IVMay 14, 2024

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It might not be totally reasonable, however the Boston Celtics are going to be graded on a championship-or-bust curve throughout the postseason, specifically versus Eastern Conference competitors.

And Monday was not a champion effort.

Boston still got the win with a 109-102 triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of their second-round playoff series at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Still, it was an uncreative effort versus an overmatched group that lacked its star gamer in Donovan Mitchell since of a calf stress.

The Celtics can a minimum of take solace in remarkable efficiencies from their stars with Jayson Tatum (33 points, 11 rebounds, 5 helps, 2 takes and one block), Jaylen Brown (27 points and 8 rebounds) and Jrue Holiday (16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 helps, 3 takes and one block) packing the stat sheet.

Still, social networks was not impressed by the general video game:

Josh Eberley @JoshEberley

I duplicate, the Celtics are the least major, severe competitor I’ve ever seen.

Matt McCarthy @MattMcCarthy985

Oh look, the Cavs are missing their finest gamer and the Celtics came out of the locker space with a totally unserious effort to begin the video game.<< br><> < br>> So foreseeable.

Master @MasterTes

The Celtics are unserious

Dan Wolken @DanWolken

Their offense is so sticky late in these video games. Ruthless to enjoy. That swan song by Tatum was abominable. << a href="">>

Expense Simmons @BillSimmons

I want I might inform you anything about this Game 4 post-Mitchell scratch has actually been even from another location unexpected from a Celtics perspective.

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer

Possibly the most discouraging part for Knicks fans who have actually seen their group annihilated by injuries – is that the Celtics have actually looked incomparably beatable throughout these playoffs

John Zannis @John_Zannis

The << a href="">> #Celtics< dedication to making things as challenging as possible is genuinely motivating.

Céad Míle Fáilte @ColeyMick

Play like there’s 5 Donovan Mitchells on the court please << a href="">> @celtics<

Matthew Bradley @Matthew_B2000

The Celtics are a terrific, however deeply unserious basketball group

Pat (R.I.P. Akira Toriyama) @PorscheofSports

Genuinely have actually never ever seen a group as unserious as this Celtics group and I totally suggest that

Rain @Rain2069807

This Celtics group is so unserious. They have a definitely ideal chance to close the Cavs out without their finest gamer and they simply decline to safeguard the 3 all video game. Dreadful stagnant offense, Mazzulla not does anything about it as typical. Disgustingly irregular group

Beantown @Beantown_GC

These Celtics are really unserious far frequently.

The parallels in between this series and Boston’s first-round triumph over the Miami Heat were clear even before Monday’s contest. While the Celtics lost Game 2 in the house in each series, they rapidly course fixed with wins on the roadway versus overmatched challengers to accelerate what seemed like an inescapable series outcome.

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