It all started with a tweet.
Just before tip, it became known that T.J. McConnell, after impressive cameos off the bench in games two and three, would start Game 4 in place of Robert Covington.
As the game went on, and McConnell did what we all knew he was capable of, the tweets kept coming.
@TJMcConnell you’re a freaking stud!!— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) May 8, 2018
Markelle Fultz, the ultimate TJ McConnell cheerleader pic.twitter.com/UIhM4f7HS9— Chris Grenham (@chrisgrenham) May 8, 2018
DeRozan and Lowry to Philly for TJ McConnell - who says no?— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) May 8, 2018
With TJ McConnell on the court vs. Boston...— Phila Hoops (@HoopsPhila) May 8, 2018
Dude is a game changer. pic.twitter.com/WGNTyjUvZn
This is the TJ McConnell flu game except to the best of my knowledge he is not sick.— Spike Eskin (@SpikeEskin) May 7, 2018
when do you think national announcers will stop treating TJ McConnell like a guy who just won a fan contest that lets him be on the team for a day— Matt Carey (@RealMattCarey) May 8, 2018
“TJ MCCONNELL IS NOT AN NBA PLAYER!!!” pic.twitter.com/fEMa9cFXjB— Marc Farzetta (@MarcFarzetta) May 8, 2018
In a team-high 39 minutes, McConnell poured in 19 points on 9-for-12 shooting with seven rebounds and five assists without a turnover. He did in Game 4 what he was able to do in the previous two games in smaller doses and the Internet, and Sixers fans all over, loved it.
Surely the Celtics will have to make some adjustments in Game 5 to minimize T.J.’s impact, but if the Sixers come all the way back from three games down, it could be because of a six-foot-two undrafted player out of Pittsburgh.
No team has come back from 0-3 in the nba playoffs. No team has had TJ McConnell though.— Lee Kunkel (@kunkel5) May 8, 2018