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The Boston Celtics are in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010, but one fan had enough faith in his hometown team to make a bold – and permanent – prediction long before the playoffs began.
Jack Bienvenue, an 18-year-old from Wellfleet, Massachusetts, did the unthinkable when he got a Celtics 2022 World Champions tattoo on his arm.
The bold part? He got it in March.
“It was March 21st, the exact day. We were on a winning streak of 10 games, I guess. We were rolling a bit,” Bienvenue said, via ESPN.
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“It seemed like we were finally getting the pieces together. We were finally putting the puzzle together, and I thought it seemed like [a title] was destined to happen. That this team would make a historical run to the Finals, which they have, and just gotta finish the job. We got four more to win.”
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The Celtics have done well to keep Bienvenue’s tattoo relevant.
Boston went on a 48-18 run down the stretch to erase a 15-point deficit and win Game 1 of the NBA Finals 120-108 Thursday night. It was the fifth double-digit comeback by Boston in these playoffs.
They return for Game 2 Sunday night in San Francisco, where the Warriors were 31-10 during the regular season.
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“I’ll say Celtics in seven. It’s not going any less than six games,” Bienvenue said. “It’s going to be a very fun series to watch, very competitive. Steph Curry wants to keep his legacy, and Jayson Tatum wants to kind of get his to start. It will be a battle for sure.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.