It’s a tough day to be a Boston sports fan.
Although Boston sports fans typically experience above average success from their teams, their recent history has been marked by heartache. The Celtics secured an impressive 57-25 record for the season, earning them the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
They defeated the Atlanta Hawks in six games and the Philadelphia 76ers in seven games, but struggled in the conference finals against the Miami Heat, falling to a 0-3 deficit before recovering to force a Game 7. Unfortunately, their hopes were dashed when they put on a lacklustre performance and lost 103-84 at home.
This latest let-down is all too familiar for Boston fans. The Boston Bruins, who held the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference in the NHL and boasted the best regular-season record ever, squandered a 3-1 series lead against the Florida Panthers. After leading 3-2 in the final minute of Game 7, they lost in overtime, becoming the first city to suffer a Game 7 loss at home to an 8-seed in both hockey and basketball in the same season.
Boston becomes first city to lose a home Game 7 to an 8-seed in both hockey and basketball in the same season.
— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) May 30, 2023
This is a crushing blow for Boston sports fans, especially considering the Celtics’ initial comeback before their Game 7 disappointment. The Patriots may offer some consolation, but the pain of recent losses still lingers.