Celtics fans feeling the excitement ahead of Game 3 of NBA Finals
BOSTON (WLNE) — The Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors getting set to tip off Game 3 Wednesday night, after splitting the first two games in San Francisco. The C’s hoping for some big home-court advantage, and fans gear up for the big game.
Fans are confident the team will bounce back in front of their home crowd after dropping Game 2, and take a 2-1 series lead in the NBA Finals.
“We’re looking at Jaylen to come through. Tatum’s gotta hit some shots,” said Nick Commisso, a Celtics fan.
Inside the TD Garden, will be a sea of green as the staff was filling each seat in the arena up with green shirts for the game. Outside of the Garden, fans said they will watch at bars across the city. Those who live in the area say this Celtics’ final run has brought the city of Boston back to life
“We’ve been a very quiet neighborhood for the past two years. So, it’s nice to have the activity back,” Jane Forrestall, a Celtics fan who lives near the TD Garden.
Tickets for Game 3 are not easy to come by. Resale prices go for upwards of $700 at the cheapest, before taxes and fees. Some fans decide it’s not worth it to spend the money for a seat.
“Was trying to get tickets but a little steep for me right now. So, maybe next year,” said Jake Whitcomb, a Celtics fan.
Some fans decided it was worth it to dish out the money. Including one Celtics fan who made the trip to Boston from Chicago for the first time, for a chance to witness history.
“I just wanna be around the moment. Boston’s is an iconic franchise. So, I thought I’d come here and see the NBA Finals,” said Shawn Greene, a Celtics fan from Chicago.
The city of Boston canceled its viewing party at Faneuil Hall due to potential rain in the forecast. Meaning fans will instead hit the bars. And they say planning to get there early.
“Get there at 6:30. And be there ’til game time. Because I think it’s gonna be packed, so I’m gonna try to get a seat as quick as possible,” Whitcomb said.
If the Celtics pull out the win, the party is expected to go on all night long.
“TD Garden’s going to be a monster house. Causeway is going to be shut down. The police are gonna be all over the place. It’s gonna be a big party,” Nick Commisso said.
A Celtics puts them up 2-1 in the series, moving them just two wins away from banner #18, and sole possession of most titles in the NBA.