The Boston Celtics were ousted from the 2023 NBA Playoffs on Monday evening when they lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals by a score of 103-84 (on their home court in Boston).
They had fought back from a 3-0 hole but were unable to complete the series.
All-Star forward Jayson Tatum injured his ankle on the opening play of the game, but he remained in the game and ended with 14 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 42 minutes of action (he scored 5/13 from the field and 1/4 from three-point range).
Because Tatum was injured, the Celtics’ other All-Star forward (Jaylen Brown) was unable to fill in.
In 43 minutes, the former Cal standout ended with 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists, one steal, and two blocks.
However, he hit just 8/23 from the field and 1/9 from three-point range (while also committing eight turnovers).
Brown spoke with the reporters after the game and was quite candid.
Brown has played in the NBA for seven seasons and has now been in five Conference Finals.
However, the Celtics have only entered the NBA Finals once in that period (and have not won the championship since 2008).
During the regular season, the 26-year-old averaged 26.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 49.1% from the field.