Best home playoff crowds in the NBA: Celtics fans know their basketball

BY JENNI CARLSON Published: April 17, 2010
Best Home Playoff Crowds
1. Boston: Celtics fans are in their seats chanting and cheering 20 minutes before tip-off – and they never let up. They are not only loud but also educated. While they might yell at a referee for a bad call, they also cuss out their own players for making dumb plays or stupid fouls.

2. Utah: They pump up the volume in Salt Lake City. Jazz fans make a bunch of noise, and EnergySolutions Arena adds to the intimidation factor. The arena was built for basketball, so the seats and their occupants seem like they’re right on the court.

3. Portland: The Rose Garden is one of the best buildings in all of sports — and its fans are pretty darn good, too. Just like Jazz fans, Blazers fans are cheering the only major league sports team in town, so they are appreciative and supportive.

4. Golden State: Like many seasons in recent memory, the Warriors aren’t in the playoffs this year. When they are, though, no one wants to go to the Bay Area to play them. Their fans are so engaged and enthusiastic that it’s almost like they will the Warriors to victory sometimes.

5. Cleveland: Sure, they’re coming because of LeBron, but Cavaliers fans have helped him make Cleveland an even tougher place to play. There are packed houses and loud crowds and even pyrotechnics. It’s almost like folks still can’t believe the Cavs are finally good.

Honorable mention: Chicago, Dallas, New York, Phoenix, San Antonio

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