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Message to Celtics fans: Savor this moment.

 

The March 7, 2016 issue of Sports Illustrated was staring at me from a basket next to my desk. There they were, the BIG-3 of the Golden State Warriors - Draymond Green, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

In March of 2016, the Warriors had already won the 2015 Title under rookie head coach, Steve Kerr, and they were contending for another Championship. But aside from the heat of competition, Curry said it best:

"It took me until my fourth year to be on a winning team in this league," says Curry. "So I know how great it is to win. I know the league is so fluid. One trade, one bad free-agent signing, and it's over. So there's no way I'm not gonna have fun. I never fail to savor it."

Steph and his compadres are back at again in 2022, facing the Boston Celtics in the Finals - but trailing in the series, 1-0. But Curry's words need to resonate with Boston fans, as well as his own. Despite the criticism lashed at rookie coach, Ime Udoka, and his crew, the Celtics have toughened their fabric - installed some composure - and at least in Game 1 versus The Dubs, The Green looked proficient and confident.

This is a particularly-special Finals for a Boston Team that hasn't seen a Title since 2008 - a literal drought for a franchise holding 17 Championship banners. The future looks bright for this storied franchise, but nothing is guaranteed.

Beantown fans - win or lose - should savor the moment. Have some fun. Enjoy one of the most-exciting matchups I could possibly imagine. Just remember that it won't last forever. You and next June will never be the same.



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