But this is the one 8/1 matchup in history where the 1 seed is not much of a favorite. This year's Celts are the worst one seed in NBA history. It's a compliment though to Thomas's abilities and Stevens's coaching. They aren't a complete team. It's impressive they did so well in the regular season. Their lack of size and rebounding could get exposed early in the playoffs.
Hard to watch the game with Thomas's tragedy so fresh. No good way for anyone to handle it tbh. Very difficult situation.