Lyou Celtics fell in the NBA Finals against the Warriors, a result that they will have to reverse in the offseason in order to come back stronger.
Lyou Celtics fell in the NBA Finals against the Warriors, a result that they will have to reverse in the offseason in order to come back stronger. Coach Ime Udoka said that he is ready to mend the path and return to the fight for the title.
Boston ended up staying two wins of what would have been the 18th championship in its history.
Many hopes were broken in the three consecutive defeats against the Golden State Warriors, who were crowned But Boston’s core of young players promises to harness the pain of that loss as motivation during the break between campaigns.
Although they did not conquer the scepter, the Celtics have established themselves as one of the teams to beatr in the Eastern Conference.
“The biggest message was that you have to learn from this and grow. We have to take advantage of this experience and see that there is another level that can be reached,” said coach Ime Udoka after Thursday night’s loss. “We just won’t be the same players or members again. of the technical body. Let this carry us through the offseason and into next season.”
Before this campaign when Udoka replaced Brad Stevens, the Celtics looked like a team in transition.
It seemed that Stevens had brought to Boston as far as possible during his eight seasons in office. The Celtics have played in the conference finals three times.
However, they crashed in that instance, and it didn’t seem like Stevens could lead Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown to a higher goal.
then came Udoka, who got it in the first year. I challenged the team and took advantage of the experience of veteran players like Marcus Smart and Dominican Al Horford to create a culture based on solidity on defense and generosity on offense.
The strategy paid off in the second half of the season, when the Celtics improved to 18-23 to close with 51-31. That was enough to give them the second-seeded spot in the East.
After a sweep to Brooklyn, followed by wins over defending champion Milwaukee and leader Miami in consecutive six-game series, Boston seemed unstoppable.
In the Finals, the Celtics took a 2-1 lead over Golden State, but ultimately succumbed to their error propensity. Boston went 1-7 in playoff games in which it had 16 or more turnovers. He reached that undesirable figure in three of his four Finals losses.
Despite the bitterness of defeat, the Celtics want to take advantage of learning.
“It’s tough to get to this point,” Tatum said. “It’s even harder to get over it and win. It’s been a long journey and a long process... We have to reach the level we want.”