The TD Garden in Boston, a green hell to overcome the NBA Finals

With their Celtics on the ropes, the passionate Boston crowd will once again turn TD Garden into a pressure cooker on Thursday to prevent the Warriors from lifting the NBA trophy on their court.

Boston trails 3-2 in the Finals and needs to win Thursday’s game to force a decisive Game 7 on Sunday in San Francisco, California.

Celtics fans aren’t about to miss out on this opportunity after 14 years without a title, an unusually long wait for the NBA’s winningest franchise, along with the Lakers, with 17 championships in its museum.

Although in the playoffs they have failed at home more than expected (six wins for five losses), the figures of the Celtics stressed on Wednesday that they need the support of their fans to get out of this extreme situation.

“It’s the last home game of the season. I’m looking forward to being in front of the crowd, knowing they’re going to root for us and give us that extra boost of energy like always,” forward Jayson Tatum said Wednesday. “It’s going to be loud here. It’s going to be fun, a great atmosphere. I’m looking forward to it.”

The extraordinary atmosphere of the Finals, the first they have hosted since the 2010 loss to the Lakers, is also reflected in the streets of Boston.

On game days there are countless green and white jerseys around the pitch, with crowds gathering in the bars to watch the game.

At the TD Garden, the cost of each of the 18,000 seats ranges from $500 for the most affordable seats to $18,000 to watch the game at courtside alongside stars like rapper Jay-Z.

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– Volcanic –

In the opinion of many NBA observers, the Boston crowd is the most volcanic they’ve seen and heard at the Finals in a long time.

But the support and pressure from the stands also has a negative side when it becomes continuous insults to the rival figures, with Draymond Green as the main recipient in the first two games of this tie.

The Warriors power forward, one of the most intense and temperamental players in the league, became Boston’s new public enemy number one with his attempts to intimidate and even provoke Celtics players at games in San Francisco. .

The insults and chants against Green resounded in the TD Garden, where his children and his partner were present, who described this particular treatment as “disgusting and shameful” on social networks.

Green downplayed the protest, but manager Steve Kerr and teammates like Klay Thompson lamented this kind of atmosphere.

“It’s very elegant to be throwing insults when there are a lot of children around. Good job, Boston,” Thompson lamented wryly.

“The TD Garden doesn’t grow beautiful flowers, they grow obnoxious hobbyists,” ESPN host Max Kellerman summed up.

– ‘All the motivation’ –

Insults are regularly heard on the 30 NBA courts, some of them racist, like the ones that led to the expulsion and veto of several Utah Jazz fans last year.

But in Boston they have been constantly and deafeningly loud in these Finals. “They’re loud, very loud. Hateful, even. Cleveland fans were hateful too, but those guys are even more so,” Green said. “But when you’re trying to win a championship, the fans have to get involved. So I respect that and I think after the playoffs I’ll even appreciate it.”

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The decibels could be even higher on Thursday, when Boston fans will throw in the rest to extend the series to a seventh game, which would be held at the also electric Chase Center in San Francisco.

“We have all the motivation in the world. It’s a sixth game at home, in front of our fans, the last game at the TD Garden. Nothing more needs to be said,” said shooting guard Jaylen Brown.