They had a terrific regular season last year but everyone agrees that the Boston Celtics definitely had a rough experience in the NBA Finals.
Obviously, things didn’t turn out as they wanted and they lost to the Golden State Warriors.
That doesn’t mean that the team is giving up on their dreams of winning the Finals.
In fact, they are going to try even harder in the new year.
— Kevin Moore (@KMooreTV) October 12, 2022
The team’s lead player, Jayson Tatum, is certainly not easing up in 2022-23.
Based on what we’ve heard about his summer, Tatum seems more engaged and determined than ever before.
Sports Illustrated recently did a piece about the Celtics and the magazine spoke at length about Tatum and his preparation for the new year.
He has apparently been “obsessed with winning” and hasn’t lost a single one-on-one game all summer long.
He has also adjusted his posture and the way he faces off against opponents, intent on becoming physically more intimidating than before.
It sounds like Tatum is intensely focused on returning to the Finals.
If he has an MVP season, there is every reason to believe that will happen.
It’s hard to imagine Tatum having a season better than the last one when he scored 26.9 points, 8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists a game.
However, things were different in the Finals and that’s where Tatum certainly had room for improvement.
Playing on such a big stage against such an accomplished team isn’t easy and it was apparent that the Warriors got under Tatum’s skin.
He wasn’t playing like his normal self and appeared off his game at times.
He was obviously still great, but not great enough.
Tatum is well aware that he could get better when it matters most and he’s clearly striving to do just that.