The Boston Celtics put up a fight to come back from a 3-0 series deficit, and they deserve a lot of credit for that.
But as much as people should praise them for showing some character and getting themselves back in a position to make it to the NBA Finals, they should’ve never been in that place to begin with.
That’s why former Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas believes this season was a failure for the team.
.@isaiahthomas sees this season as a failure for the Celtics:
"There's no way they should've been down 3-0 to an 8th seed. When you have max players, the expectation is championship or bust." pic.twitter.com/fQy0uKSTWO
— The Carton Show (@TheCartonShow) May 30, 2023
The former All-Star PG believes that it’s always championship-or-bust when you have two All-NBA guys and players of Jayson Tatum’s and Jaylen Brown’s character, and he might be right on point with that assessment.
The championship was the Celtics’ to lose this time around, or so it seemed.
The Miami Heat had taken down the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks, and they took care of business vs. the Philadelphia 76ers.
The reigning champion Golden State Warriors were no longer in contention, and they wouldn’t have to get past LeBron James, Kevin Durant, or Kawhi Leonard either, as the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, and Los Angeles Clippers were also sent back home.
The Celtics were fresh off a trip to the NBA Finals, and they should’ve been the ones playing with a chip on their shoulders, not the No. 8 seed Heat.
Losing to a No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference Finals is nothing to brag about, and even though Giannis Antetokounmpo might have another definition of failure, it’s hard to find anything positive out of this situation.NEXT: Kendrick Perkins Has A Harsh Message About The Celtics Season