This past Thursday evening I decided to go out for a game of bowls at the club. I had to choose between staying home to follow the important Celtics-Cavs tilt or enjoy some physical exercise on the green. Given that the Celtics played uninspired ball in the first game of the series, and that the pundits were basically writing them off as overmatched against the ‘great’ LeBron, the decision wasn’t hard. I went, enjoyed myself, only to return home later to discover that the Cavs had destroyed the Celts to the point of embarrassing them. For all purposes, the series was over. Their star point guard was gone and the team was playing on empty. The ESPN media was already moving ahead to the much anticipated finals with the Warriors. All Boston would get out of this was winning the big draft lottery. But wait a minute, the series is not over and we are talking about a very talented, well-coached team that has been relying on one player to run their offence too long. Last night, to everyone’s surprise, the Celtics turned up at Quicken Arena in Cleveland and played a classical game of team play on both sides of the court. One, they stayed in the game; two, they made breaks by capitalizing on turnovers; Boston found its shooting game; and, four, LeBron didn’t turn up. In the end, it was only one game in the bigger game of life, but it does make the point that we can come back from a drubbing if we find a way to remain competitive under the most trying of circumstances. Yes, Cleveland may go on to win the series but, at least, my Celtics found a way last night to challenge their invincibility by getting in their face. Perhaps the Cavs’ great playoff run and time off have finally conspired to sap their strength, and we are now witnessing the proverbial turning of the tide.