It should have been The Derrick White game. Instead, White plopped down at the podium a short while after the Boston Celtics let Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals slip away, forcing a decisive Game 7 in Miami on Sunday, and had to explain how Boston will dust itself off.
“We’re frustrated but, if it was easy, it wouldn’t be us,” said White.
“We’re frustrated. But if it was easy it wouldn’t be us.”
– Derrick White stays confident in this team despite loss in Game 6 pic.twitter.com/ssc11yfyni
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) May 28, 2022
Truer words have never been spoken. White’s declaration feels like it should be on a rally towel.
And, remember, that’s coming from a guy who arrived in February and missed most of the harrowing twists, turns, and loop de loops on Boston’s 2021-22 roller coaster ride.
But we love White’s suggestion. And on a day we could — and will briefly — fret everything that went wrong, the Celtics need to lean heavy into the resiliency that has been their calling card on an improbable march to the doorstep of the NBA Finals,
Boston needed a last-second layup from Jayson Tatum to steal Game 1 against the Nets that lit their fuse for a first-round sweep that still required them to sweat out a bunch of crunch-time moments. A seven-game war with the defending champion Bucks followed with Tatum needing to…