Following the Boston Celtics’ blowout loss to the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, NBA legend and Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson torched — by his tweeting standards — the team for quitting.
Taking to Twitter after the game, which the Celtics lost by a score of 128-102 and were never really in the game, Johnson said that he’d never thought he’d see a team playing for such a proud franchise quit in such a crucial playoff game.
“In my 44 years of being associated with the NBA I never thought I’d see a Boston Celtics team, a franchise with 17 Championships, quit. I know Celtics fans all over the world must be disgusted and devastated. The Miami Heat blew them 128-102 out in Game 3,” Johnson tweeted.
In my 44 years of being associated with the NBA I never thought I’d see a Boston Celtics team, a franchise with 17 Championships, quit. I know Celtics fans all over the world must be disgusted and devastated. The Miami Heat blew them out 128-102 in Game 3.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 22, 2023
Magic then followed that assessment up with a second, shorter tweet, saying that “It’s time for the Boston Celtics to make major changes.”
Now down 3-0 to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Boston Celtics are virtually eliminated from the NBA Playoffs, as there has never been a team in NBA history to come back from an 0-3 deficit in the postseason.
While questions certainly need to be asked of the Boston Celtics, it’s important not to detract from the accomplishments of the Miami Heat, who have been absolutely sublime during this playoff run that will likely see them taking on the Denver Nuggets — the #1 seed in the Western Conference who are currently up 3-0 on the Los Angeles Lakers — in the NBA Finals.
Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat will take place on Tuesday, May 23 at 8:30 p.m. If the Celtics are able to get the win and stave off elimination, the series will head back to Boston for Game 5. As for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, that’ll be on Monday, May 22 at 8:30 p.m.