On May 30, Beijing time, with the Celtics losing at home in the G7 game in the Eastern Finals, they were eliminated by the No. 8 seed in the East with a total score of 3-4 and did not complete the 0-3 reversal for the first time in history. The Celtics advanced to the Finals last season to this season, especially last year's 4-3 defeat of the Heat, and this year's seven-game loss to the remnant Heat. The Celtics' performance has regressed, which not only reflects Tatum's inconsistent performance in the East and is not yet a qualified core, but also is bound to cause team shocks this summer, especially Jaylen Brown's request for a maximum salary extension, and also encountered multiple team pursuits, and the Green Army double scouting combination is likely to disintegrate this summer.
Second in the East in the regular season, just one win away from first in the league
The Celtics once ranked first in the league in the regular season, but were later overtaken by the Bucks to finish second in the Eastern Conference with 57 wins and 25 losses, and the second best record in the league in the regular season stage, compared to the regular season champion Bucks 58-24, only one win difference, which is still quite commendable.
You know, the Celtics abandoned the coaching of Uduka who led the team to the Finals last season, and instead used Mazura as a rookie coach, and it is commendable to achieve such results in the regular season, but obviously he is still immature enough in the playoffs, especially the Eastern Conference showdown was abused by champion coach Spoelstra.
The playoffs ended and the East did not win a 3-0 turnaround for the first time in history, a step backwards from last year's promotion to the Finals
The Celtics performed poorly in the first half of last year's regular season, but fought back strongly in the second half, especially in the playoffs, eliminated a number of championship-contender teams in a row, and finally successfully advanced to the Finals, and once led the Warriors 2-1 in the Finals, and finally lost three consecutive games to the Warriors 2-4 on aggregate.
This year, the Celtics' goal is still to compete for the championship, and they eliminated the Hawks 4-2 in the first round of the playoffs, and the overall performance did not meet the expectations of the outside world. In the second round of the playoffs, the Celtics led 2-1 in the first three games, and then lost two consecutive games and collapsed to lose the game point, but fortunately the Celtics then won two consecutive counterattacks, especially Tatum hit the seven-game 51 points to make history.
Just entering the Eastern Conference finals series, the Celtics were eliminated by the Heat, and they lost three consecutive games to lose 3-0 on aggregate. Although the Celtics subsequently won three consecutive games, they still lost in the big seven games and failed to stage a 3-0 comeback for the first time in history. The Celtics did not meet expectations at all levels of spirit and overall performance, and naturally showed a significant regression from last year's promotion to the finals.
Tatum's Eastern Final Series has had ups and downs and has yet to prove his core leadership ability
Tatum's performance throughout the second round of the series was erratic, especially scoring just seven points on 1-of-7 shooting in a single game and conceding 19 consecutive goals in the first quarter of the series, the worst playoff record in the last 25 years. What's even sadder is that Tatum went 1 of 14 in the first 14 of the G6 slump, but fortunately hit four consecutive three-point shots in the final quarter to redeem himself. As for the seven-game battle, Tatum scored 51 points to lead the team to counterattack and redeem, and it seems that it is about to usher in a rebound outbreak.
However, entering the East Final to face the core showdown with Butler, Tatum was in a comprehensive downside and was completely abused, although Tatum contributed 33+11+7 and 21+8+11 quasi-triple-double data in the East Final four or five games, respectively, and continued to lead the team to win in the G6 game, he led the team to chase three consecutive games in three consecutive games. It's just that Tatum failed to lead the team against the sky in the end, although he had the influence of the opening foot in the Eastern Final, but he was ultimately unable to savior, Tatum's entire Eastern Conference Final series and Butler's core showdown, Tatum's performance, spirit and fighting spirit throughout the series did not laugh to the end, and the ups and downs were undoubtedly extremely disappointing.
Even though Tatum was named to the All-NBA Team in the regular season, his performance in the playoffs was unsatisfactory and he has yet to prove that he can lead the team to a championship.
The duo is afraid of disintegrating, and Brown's request for the top salary is pursued by many teams
The duo of Tatum and Jaylen Brown has been central to the Celtics' rise in recent years, helping them advance to the Eastern Conference finals several times and to the Finals last season. It's just that although both of them were named to the best team this season, it also means that it takes a total of about $600 million to retain the two at the same time.
The Celtics will naturally continue to use Tatum as the core of the team, but Jaylen Brown is also asking for a maximum salary extension. If the Celtics don't have the courage to give him a top-salary contract and Jaylen Brown is pursued by multiple teams, such as the Rockets, he is likely to leave. Of course, if Jaylen Brown leaves, he is more likely to sign first and change mode.
The Celtics stopped in the third round of the playoffs this year, especially after being eliminated by the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals, and they are destined to usher in change and shock this summer, and it is interesting to see how they will continue to move forward in the future.
(Text/Drunken Lying Float)