‘It’s a miracle I survived’ illness during Celtics collapse

Dave Portnoy, founder of Barstool Sports, considers himself lucky to be alive.

On Tuesday, Portnoy said it was “a miracle I survived” after an illness forced the hardcore Boston sports fan to miss Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and the Heat.

The media personality previously said in a separate video on Twitter that he was suffering from a 104-degree fever and needed to prioritize his health over attending the game at TD Garden, where the Celtics were beaten by the Heat 103-84 on Monday. was thrown out. Night.

during Tuesday’s installment “Barstool Rundown,” Portnoy said, “I had every reason in the book not to make this list… I almost died yesterday.”

Portnoy left his usual courtside seat at the TD Garden vacant after Barstool Sports host Dan Katz called him “the biggest coward I’ve ever seen.”

Barstool host Kevin Clancy said, “Don’t forget that you were seated outside because you had a sniffle problem.”

“I didn’t hear the sniffles,” Portnoy retorted.

Katz then said that Portnoy was “soft” for missing the game.


Dan Katz, Kevin Clancy and Dave Portnoy on “Barstool Rundown” on May 30, 2023.
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“I couldn’t get out of bed. I’m lucky I wasn’t dead,” Portnoy said. “I was so sick… I’m lucky I’m here… I could have died.”

Portnoy further said that he couldn’t even stand – and could barely see while battling the disease.

“If I had stood there there was a chance I would have hit my head on a rock, how dizzy I was,” he said. “my hand was [his girlfriend] to sew [Mojica] Trying to get to the door… I just fell down.”

Portnoy shared this on Twitter on Tuesday he felt great,


Dave Portnoy reacts to the Celtics' Game 7 loss to the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals on May 29, 2023.
Dave Portnoy reacts to the Celtics’ Game 7 loss to the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals on May 29, 2023.
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“The important thing is that I feel better and my health,” he wrote. “Without your health you have nothing.”

one in posted separate video On Twitter before Game 7, Portnoy said he began feeling ill on Sunday.

“Yesterday around 1 a.m. I started feeling like s–t,” he said. “Chills, shaking, you name it… I haven’t even gotten out of bed yet. I’ve been in bed for 24 hours straight now, 30 hours, not eating, not going to the bathroom, nothing. Can’t get up

“I feel like I put all my energy, emotion into trying to win the Celtics the series, so bad it took everything out of me… If my story ends like this, so be it.” Dave coached the Celtics to come back from 0-3 for the first time in NBA history.

Portnoy participated in the Celtics’ 110–97 Game 5 victory in Boston.


Dave Portnoy and Guy Fieri watch in the first quarter during Game 3 of the 2022 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden on June 8, 2022 in Boston.
Dave Portnoy and Guy Fieri watch in the first quarter during Game 3 of the 2022 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden on June 8, 2022 in Boston.
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The second-seeded Celtics were on the verge of making history as the first team to win a series after falling behind 3–0, but could not get the job done at their home field in Game 7.

The eighth-seeded Heat will face the Nuggets in the 2023 NBA Finals, with the first game being played on Thursday in Denver.

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