The Celtics are in trouble.
After dropping the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals on their home court, they had a chance to get back in the series on Sunday night. Instead, they had their worst performance of the series so far, going down 128-102 to fall into a 3-0 hole.
Following Game 3, Heat guard Gabe Vincent, who scored a team-high 29 points, made an appearance on TNT's "Inside the NBA." He gave the Celtics credit, expecting them to fight back in the series.
"They're a really good team. They're a well-coached team," Vincent said. "They got stars. They're not going to lay down. We've got to come in and handle business on Tuesday."
TNT's Charles Barkley, however, wasn't having any of it. Keep in mind he "guaranteed" a Celtics win on the network's pregame show.
"Clearly, you didn't watch the game tonight," Barkley said. "Talking about well-coached and don't lay down? Hey, go look at the tape again."
Vincent: "[The Celtics] are a really good team...they're not gonna lay down."— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 22, 2023
Chuck: "Clearly you didn't watch the game tonight. ...Go look at the tape again." 😂 pic.twitter.com/ipZZRWdSDK
Shaquille O'Neal echoed those sentiments, lamenting the Celtics' casual approach to a must-win game.
"Let's just keep it real," O'Neal said. "The Celtics are way too cool for me. ... The Celtics came out with no sense of urgency. The Heat knew what they had to do, and they're committed to doing it. They've been doing it all year."
The national analysts weren't the only ones with something to say about the Celtics.
Former Boston guard Eddie House derided the team's lack of effort on "Celtics Postgame Live," saying he felt the team let down head coach Joe Mazzulla.
"I feel like the Celtics have quit on their coach," House said. "Let's call it what we really see. I feel that those guys out there don't believe in what their coach is doing. We've seen that done in many other places. I don't believe that they really believe in Joe Mazzulla. I just feel that."
"To me, it looks like a team that's already defeated," House continued. "I hate to say it like this, but at the end of the day, I wouldn't be surprised if we go in and lay another egg [in Game 4] because we've been laying them this whole series."
If Boston wants to keep its title hopes alive, it will have to make history. No NBA team has ever overcome a 3-0 series deficit in the playoffs, and only three teams have ever come back to force a Game 7.