8 photos that sum up the Celtics’ postseason run (so far)

From Drew Bledsoe's emergence to poorly timed confetti, this has been a postseason to remember.

Before the overtime period could begin, workers were forced to sweep confetti off the floor after it was released prematurely at the end of regulation.
Before the overtime period could begin, workers were forced to sweep confetti off the floor after it was released prematurely at the end of regulation. –Jim Davis / Globe Staff
Kyrie Irving (left) has served as a mentor for the Celtics. —Jim Davis / Globe Staff

This story arc of this postseason run really started before the games began, when it was announced that Kyrie Irving would be sidelined the rest of the way. Irving continued to help the Celtics as a mentor, taking Terry Rozier under his wing as Rozier took control of the offense.

Terry Rozier and Drew Bledsoe have become friends during the postseason. —File Photo

As Rozier continued to blossom on the court, so too did his fame off it. One thing led to another, and suddenly Drew Bledsoe was at the Celtics game on the Jumbotron. If it sounds random, well, yeah, it was, but it brought a wonderfully weird wrinkle into an already-enticing series. What started out as playful beef with Eric Bledsoe turned into so much more, and now Rozier and (Drew) Bledsoe are apparently tight.

Semi Ojeleye (right) keeps the pressure on the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo as he tries to make a move to the basket. —Jim Davis / Globe Staff
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Though the Celtics continued to win at home, they struggled on the road against the Bucks. Brad Stevens had no answer for Giannis Antetokounmpo, so he turned to rookie Semi Ojeleye. Stopping Antetokounmpo in full is a Herculean task, but Ojeleye certainly made his life difficult as the Celtics survived in seven games.

Ben Simmons had a tough series, especially in Game 2 when he scored 1 point. —Charles Krupa / AP Photo

Next up were the 76ers, a foe that proved less formidable than many expected. Ben Simmons scored a whopping one point in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, eliciting several comical tweets in the process. One of them superimposed his face on the Wilt Chamberlain 100 points photo with a piece of paper displaying the number 1 without the 00. Simmons played better the rest of the series, but this wasn’t a night to remember for the budding star.

Before the overtime period could begin, workers were forced to sweep confetti off the floor after it was released prematurely at the end of regulation. —Jim Davis / Globe Staff

Ahh, yes, the confetti game. This was one that will live in infamy in Philadelphia for a long time. It’s a good thing the city has that Super Bowl, where the confetti was earned and properly timed, or else this one might sting even more. The celebratory shreds fell from the rafters after Marco Belinelli’s jump shot because the confetti guy thought it was a 3-pointer. When it was ruled a two, the 76ers’ staff had to sweep it up before the Celtics won the game in overtime.

Marcus Smart leaps and intercepts the 76ers’ desperation pass as the clock winds down to the final seconds of Game 5. He grabbed the ball and fired it to the other end of the court as the final horn sounded in Boston’s 114-112 victory. —Jim Davis / Globe Staff
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It won’t quite go down in Celtics lore like John Havlicek’s steal, but it was still impressive. Marcus Smart started on the other half of the court, but he sprinted across the floor and went airborne to intercept Simmons’s pass and seal the series win for Boston.

Jayson Tatum shoots over LeBron James in the second half of Game 3. —Tony Dejak / AP Photo

Many expected the Cavaliers to take at least one of two in Boston, but the Celtics were able to hold serve on their home court. LeBron James finished minus-32 in Game 1 while turning the ball over seven times. Jayson Tatum, meanwhile, was a plus-27. The Celtics went on to win Game 2, taking a 2-0 series edge.

LeBron James dominated Game 3, as did his teammates. —Jim Davis / Globe Staff
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Game 3 wasn’t as kind to Boston, as the Cavs not named LeBron showed up and shined. James, of course, did his part, finishing with 27 points and 12 assists while turning that plus/minus into a plus-31. Six Cavaliers scored in double figures, and Cleveland dominated Boston en route to a decisive win.

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