Barstool Sports’ Dave Portnoy Witnesses Crushing Celtics Defeat in Dallas, Delays Championship Celebrations

Dave Portnoy, the outspoken founder of Barstool Sports and fervent Boston Celtics supporter, experienced a significant letdown as the Celtics suffered a heavy defeat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

The game, held in Dallas, saw Portnoy’s celebratory plans thwarted by an impressive performance from the Dallas Mavericks.

The Game and Portnoy’s Predictions

Portnoy traveled to Dallas with high hopes, confidently predicting a Celtics sweep and bringing along a cigar to light in celebration of what he anticipated to be a decisive victory.

However, his bullish prediction did not come to fruition as Luka Doncic and the Mavericks delivered a dominant performance, resulting in a 122-84 win.

This victory not only delayed the Celtics’ championship hopes but also marked the third-largest win in NBA Finals history.

Portnoy’s Reaction and Social Media Activity

Despite his initial enthusiasm, Portnoy did not stay for the entire game. Instead, he posted a video from outside the American Airlines Center towards the end of the third quarter.

In the video, he is seen placing his unlit cigar back into a bag and then into his back pocket, symbolizing the postponement of his celebration.

Following the game, Portnoy took to Twitter to share his reflections on the night, listing three positives: preferring a blowout loss over a close one, appreciating the friendliness of Dallas fans, and anticipating the thrill of a potential victory in Boston.

The Celtics’ Position in the Finals

Although the Celtics suffered a significant defeat, they still hold a commanding 3-1 lead in the Finals. The team now returns to Boston with the opportunity to secure the championship on their home court.

The Celtics’ last championship win was in 2008, and excitement is building among fans, with tickets for Monday night’s game expected to sell for thousands of dollars.

Portnoy’s Financial Stakes

Portnoy’s investment in the NBA Finals extends beyond his emotional support for the Celtics. He stands to win $1.6 million if the Celtics clinch the title, adding to his already impressive sports betting earnings of $5.4 million this year.

His current bet is a two-leg parlay, which began with Scottie Scheffler’s victory at the Masters in April and hinges on the Celtics winning the Finals. A Celtics championship would bring his total profits to $7 million.

Luka Doncic’s Performance

Luka Doncic was instrumental in the Mavericks’ victory, contributing 29 points, five rebounds, and five assists. His outstanding performance ensured the Mavericks stayed alive in the series and sent a clear message to the Celtics and their fans that Dallas would not go down without a fight.

Doncic’s display of skill and determination highlighted the competitive nature of the Finals and set the stage for an intense Game 5.

Looking Ahead to Game 5

As the series shifts back to Boston, the Celtics are focused on closing out the series and securing their long-awaited championship.

The team’s resilience and talent have put them in a strong position, but the Mavericks’ performance in Game 4 serves as a reminder that victory is never guaranteed.

Fans and analysts alike are eagerly anticipating Monday night’s game, where the Celtics will have the chance to claim the title in front of their home crowd.


Dave Portnoy’s trip to Dallas may not have resulted in the celebration he had hoped for, but the Celtics’ journey in the NBA Finals is far from over.

With the series now returning to Boston, the team has the opportunity to finish strong and deliver a championship win.

As the excitement builds and the stakes remain high, the basketball world awaits the outcome of what promises to be an unforgettable Game 5.

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