After a long regular season and a treacherous streak after season, the 2022 season for the Boston Celtics is over. The Golden State Warriors won Game Six 103-90, claiming their fourth NBA title since 2015.
Jason Tatum struggled in Game Six, scoring just 13 points, as the Celtics stumbled on their way to a third straight loss. As has been the case throughout the playoffs, spinning issues and defensive rebounding issues proved to be Boston’s weaknesses in their final game of the season.
During his post-match press conference, Celtics goalkeeper Marcus Smart spoke about the team’s forward-moving mentality and the hunger they will feel in the next year and beyond.
“We have seen what we are capable of. We have savored it. We wanted it all. I know for a fact that we will be back for a different team. We will start working, but this person is going to hurt” smart male.
Smart puts in nine points, six rebounds, nine assists, and two steals in Game 6 on a 4-of-12 shot from the field and a 1-of-2 shot from behind the 3-point line.
This was Boston’s first trip to the Finals since 2010, and now that they know they have what it takes, they will be brave to come back again next season.
Smart’s teammate Jayson Tatum echoed his thoughts after the game, noting that Boston need to improve next year if they want to win everything.
Tatum says Celtics need to ‘take it up another level’
The Celtics star, who gave his post-game press conference alongside Smart, said Boston need to up the ante next year. He said it’s hard to get over the hump and that the Celtics need to keep pushing.
“It’s hard. It’s hard to get to that point, it’s even more difficult to get over the hump and win. … We have to rise to another level to do what we need to do,” Tatum said.
Tatum finished Match 6 with a rather disappointing base streak. He dropped 13 points, three rebounds, and seven assists in 6-of-18 shooting from the ground and 1 of 4 in shooting from behind the 3-point arc.
In addition to his comments on the game, Smart also spoke of the skeptics who hated the Celtics all year long.
Clever over the skeptics: ‘We have to use that’
Defensive Player of the Year sent a message to all the people who doubted Boston were on their way to appearing at the World Cup Finals. He said Boston needed to continue to use that skepticism as motivation.
“No one brought us here, let alone the playoffs… We went through hell to get here. We have to use that. It’s going to be tough… Proud of this team, we didn’t hit our target, but a lot of people, I’m sure a lot of you have left us out.” , ” smart said.
The Boston team was under 0.500 basketball halfway through January, but climbed all the way to a 51-31 regular season record. The Celtics finished the year as the second seed in the Eastern Conference and fought to the NBA Finals. While it came out short, it definitely exceeded the expectations most people set for them.
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