Celtics Journal: There’s danger in looking ahead

Orlando guard Jameer Nelson (left) and Boston guard Rajon Rondo are both key to their respective team's success. Even with a 2-0 lead, the Celtics can't afford to becomne complacent. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Orlando guard Jameer Nelson and Boston guard Rajon Rondo are both key to their respective team's success. Even with a 2-0 lead, the Celtics can't afford to becomne complacent. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

By Gethin Coolbaugh

It’s already been proclaimed as a lost cause for the Orlando Magic.

Countless fans and members of the media have written off the Magic’s chances of coming back from their 0-2 deficit in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Hopefully no one in the Celtics locker room has done the same.

The Celtics and Magic tip-off in Game 3 at TD Garden on Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. (TV/Radio: ESPN/WEEI).

Boston’s confidence is at an all-time high following their 95-92 win in Game 2 on Tuesday night, as fans saw by the demeanor in Paul Pierce’s comments after the game.

Even though the Celtics’ confidence is justified, there would be a large amount of danger in looking ahead to the NBA Finals.

Boston head coach Doc Rivers did his best to warn the team about being overconfident when he reacted to Paul Pierce’s tweet saying “Anbody got a Broom?” after the Celtics’ win on Tuesday.

While it turns out the the Tweet was not written by Pierce, the confidence level on the Celtics is extremely high.

But all 15 players on the Celtics roster needn’t forget one thing: this is the NBA.

Orlando may be down 0-2, but they are a professional team full or professional talent. If anyone doubts their ability to come back in this series for one second, they are ignorant.

The Celtics have the best chance of winning the series and are the runaway favorites to do so, but they need to continue to play with reverence for their opponent.

If they don’t, they will wind up like the Bruins, who were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in Game t of the Eastern Conference Semifinals after taking a 3-0 series lead, and ironically, a 3-0 lead early in Game 7.

Normally, you wouldn’t have to worry about hubris on a veteran team like the Celtics. They have been won championships and have made deep runs in the playoffs before.

Yet the words coming out of the Celtics locker room can be seen as concerning. Many fans might just see the Celtics confident comments as nothing more than excitement, but after watching the horiffic collapse of this year’s Bruins team, one can’t be so sure.

The chances are that the Celtics will not fall apart or let their pride get the best of them, but they need to be extra careful to not let their guard down. It’s alright to do so for a game or two, but nothing more.

If they do, the Magic will be making their second consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

Gethin Coolbaugh is the Associate Editor of Boston Sports U18. He can be reached at 774-279-1995 or at gethin.coolbaugh@bostonsportsu18.com. You can also visit Gethin Coolbaugh’s official website and follow Gethin Coolbaugh on Twitter.

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