The Boston Celtics came painfully close to winning their first NBA Finals in years.
It would have been a huge accomplishment for the young squad and would have earned Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, and the rest of the team their first championship ring.
In the end, all their youthful energy and grit weren’t enough to take down Steph Curry and his Golden State Warriors.
Now the Celtics are looking ahead and figuring out ways to get even better before the 2022-23 season.
Stevens: "I think we need a little more playmaking. We're at our best when we play with pace and whip the ball around the court. We played a little slow in that last series…There's no doubt that the more guys who can make a play, the better."
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) June 21, 2022
Brad Stevens spoke about the team’s future and laid out a pretty concise, smart plan for his team.
Stevens said, “I think we need a little more playmaking.”
He added: “We’re at our best when we play with pace and whip the ball around the court. We played a little slow in the last series. There’s no doubt that the more guys who can make a play, the better.”
It’s hard to argue with anything Stevens said.
If the Celtics are able to make those improvements, there’s a good chance they’ll make it very far in next year’s postseason too.
The team that Stevens described doesn’t sound that different from the one we saw most of the season.
Indeed, the Celtics were known for their fast movement and playmaking abilities.
They were also notorious for having a deep roster.
It didn’t matter who had the ball, they could make something out of it and could weave through traffic on the floor or put up a shot from the perimeter.
The Celtics got very far with that sort of style so it makes sense that Stevens is looking to improve upon it.
The Celtics don’t need to change a lot – Stevens sees that.
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