The team and its first-year coach had to adapt to each other, and injuries and the epidemic often forced Boston to play with short hands. However, those who decided it was time to trade one of the Tatum or Brown put more weight into this sample size than those who lead the Celtics on multiple trips to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Despite the outside noise rising with each loss, Jason Tatum was steadfast in his belief that he and Brown would lead Boston in the right direction.
“I honestly think only two highly competitive guys want to win at any cost,” Tatum said on the eve of the NBA Finals. “And that brought us closer in the sense that we wanted to find out. Not to prove people wrong, but just to prove that we can win,” he added, “There has always been a sense of faith.”
Jaylen Brown felt the same way: “We’ve been able to win our careers before. This year, I didn’t feel like it was the way we play basketball. It didn’t come together at the right time. Beginning of the season, I missed 15 games because I was injured, she wouldn’t say Novel it.”
Concluding his answer, Brown said, “We live in a city that has no patience, no excuses, so we don’t make any excuses. We got healthier, got together, and the front office did some steps that made sense.”
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Now, Tatum and Brown have led the Celtics past the Eastern Conference Finals barrier, to the brightest stage in the NBA, and a chance to raise the 18th flag to TD Garden’s rafters.
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