Many times they failed. Many times it turned out that the progression to the NBA finals was too high. But that’s all, they finally managed to confirm the ticket to play the biggest series of the season. Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart are now Eastern champions after winning their seventh game in Miami tonight, a victory that proves the Boston Trio’s maturing process.
There were times when many Heexperts wondered if Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown should be together. There was a time when Marcus Smart was speculated to be a transfer. There were times when the latter publicly criticized the top two for their tendency not to pass the ball. It seems like a long time ago to me today, but it was only a few months ago that the Celtics were light years away from looking like the current team that has just secured a place to participate in the NBA Finals. And as a symbol, it was this trio that led Boston to victory on the Heat floor last night: 26 points – 10 rebounds – 6 assists for the MVP series Jayson Tatum, 24 points – 6 rebounds – 6 assists for Mister Brown, 24 points – 9 rebounds – 5 assists for Marcus Smart. According to the Twitter account NBA history, only the second row in the history of the Grand League, which finished game 7 with a statistical series of 20-5-5 per piece. JT proved again last night that he is now much more than an isolated shooter and that he has become a hypercomplete player and at the same time a real threat in the creation of the game. By his side, in role number 2, Brown came to bring his qualities to the shooter by trying to minimize mistakes and not forget to contribute in other aspects of the game. As for Marcus, he again showed them for his team much more than the defender of the year he equaled his points record in these playoffs in 2022 and in this series he finished in Boston with both the third scorer and the best player. In short, a great way to crown their greatest success together, those who have shared many ups and downs in recent years.
– NBA History (@NBAHistory) May 30, 2022
Brown and Smart were in the fourth conference final against Miami this year. Jayson Tatum, who came to the NBA in 2017, played his third. So far, it has always ended with a elimination at the gates of the NBA Finals. For the first time in 2017, the Cavaliers of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving simply broke Boston 4: 1. The following year, when Boston – led mainly by Brown in full swing and Tatum, who was far from exceptional in rookie costume – he lost close to the King of Cleveland during the 7th game in the House. Great story due to the absence of newcomers Kyrie and Gordon Hayward, but the defeat in the seventh match inevitably left a bad taste, especially for Jaylen and Marcus, who missed the action (5/18 in the shootout for JB, 1/10 for Marcus). And then, of course, we didn’t forget this series between Boston and Miami (already) in the Orlando bubble, which was won by the 4-2 opportunistic team Heat in the face of the mistakes made by the Celtics. It was in this bubble that the chairs in the locker room flew after the defeat of Game 2, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown even had to be separated by their teammates so that it would not fall apart even more.
You yourself have noticed, there is experience with these Celts and especially with this trio. And yet we could quote you other episodes, but at the time of these lines this is not the subject. The theme is that Greens of Tatum – Brown – Smart have just taken a big step to give themselves the right to finally taste the NBA Finals, all after the season with only 50% wins last year and the average first part of the campaign in 2021-22. With this year’s victory at the Eastern Conference, the trio proved to be able to work together to bring the Celtics to a place they haven’t since 2010. Like the very positive Celtics on the other side of the field, all three can now enjoy their success, albeit Of course, there are four more successes to complete.
“We went through a lot. Blood, sweat and tears. Every year we were in this situation, we had to look in the mirror and it hurt. We didn’t want it to happen again. What we’ve had to do in recent years pass, the unfavorable fate we encountered at the beginning of the season, allowed us to do what we had to do in this game 7. […] The franchise trusted us and allowed us to correct our mistakes. We grew and it was beneficial for us in the long run. »
– Marcus Smart at the post-match press conference
Last December, almost no one believed Boston’s ability to win the Eastern Conference. We wondered if the Tatum-Brown-Smart trio was going to explode. But today they are here, the caps of the ‘NBA Finals 2022’ proudly put on their heads and with dreams of a title more intense than ever before.
In the end, they succeeded.
Tatum, Brown, Smart, years spent squatting in the NBA Finals, wondering if this group has what it takes to get there.
Boston is back in the final, hat down in front of Udoka and Brad Stevens, it’s huge for them.
– TrashTalk (@TrashTalk_fr) May 30, 2022