For the Celtics, there was something special in the air during Game 7 of last year’s semifinal clash with the Cavaliers. Never was this more the case than when, during a key moment, Paul Pierce’s free throw bounced around the rim and seemed all but certain to miss. But then, somehow, the ball fell through the hoop.
“The ghost of Red was just looking over us,” Pierce said following the win.
On Sunday night, that mystique was gone.