Here’s something interesting Boston had the best odds of winning a dual championship, it’s never been done btw with NHL and NBA teams in the same city. MLB and NFL it’s been done.
Miami as 8 seeds have a chance to win it all. Miami crashed the Boston party with the Panthers upsetting the Bruins, now the Celtics have a chance to crash the Miami party in historic fashion no less.
When the Bruins lost, somebody commented that some past top losers at least lost to an eventual champion. Well, it seems the Panthers are legit.
The NHL and NBA are different sports in the playoffs. More so than MLB or NFL. I'm not sure that's good. The reality of the increased physicality is a de-emphasis on skill. It's worse in the NHL than NBA, but in the NHL you almost have to play like a 1990's NHL team, yet a team like that will struggle to make the playoffs in the regular season. Florida and Miami are both built for the playoffs.
One of the things Boston has changed the last two games is simply realizing that they can play physical as hell, foul a lot (as Miami has all series) and it won't be called. All those strip steals and reach-ins, those get called in the regular season. The Heat are no offensive juggernaut, so the impact has been pretty clear. So instead of complaining that your turnover happened because they hit you on the wrist, realize you can hit them on the wrist and steal the ball.