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The Boston Celtics are pushing towards the finish line, advancing to the NBA Finals

Updated: Jun 12

Boston Celtics Jayson Tatum celebrating after the Celtics Game 4 victory.

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The stage is set for the Boston Celtics, who secured a ticket to the NBA Finals following a 105-102 on the road against the Indiana Pacers. Following the series sweep, Celtics guard Jaylen Brown was named Eastern Conference Finals MVP, finishing with 29 points in the closeout game on Monday night.

For this series, Brown deserved the honor named after Celtics legend Larry Bird following a snub from the All-NBA team this season. After the detrimental loss of Pacers star point guard Tyrese Haliburton in this series, all hopes of upsetting the Celtics were out of reach.

The moment we all expected!

On paper all season the Boston Celtics were the favorite to make it out of the Eastern Conference alive, due to the media attention presented with the acquisitions of Jrue Holiday and Kristaps Porzingis that put their starting lineup over the top in the Eastern Conference.

Boston this season finished with a 64-18 record in the regular season and decimated its opponents in the playoffs, including the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, and most recently the Indiana Pacers.

Led by superstars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown at the point of attack it has been nothing but a breeze for them to stand out against their opposition. This is a moment that Celtics' fans have been longing for, an opportunity to hoist trophy number 18. Following an NBA Finals blunder against the Golden State Warriors in 2022, the standard for this team was to get back to the promised land and now they have finally delivered.

In recent years this is the best opportunity that the Celtics have had at hoisting a Larry O'Brien trophy. Despite the narrative that Tatum and Jaylen Brown can mesh together, or if this team has what it takes to get over the hump, this well-constructed roster has given Celtics' fans belief that they can overcome the odds set against them for so long.

Will Jayson Tatum rise to the occasion?

Following the 2022 Finals defeat against Golden State, much criticism was thrown at Jayson Tatum for his performance in the series. Looking at Tatum now he has been playing with determination in aspirations of being named a champion and solidifying himself as one of the best in the league today.

With Tatum being the cornerstone piece for this Celtics' franchise all eyes will be on JT to help his team against the victor of the Western Conference. Tatum has an arsenal of weapons, including not just Jaylen Brown, but Jrue Holiday, Derrick White, and potentially if healthy, Kristaps Porzingis who is recovering from injury.

If Tatum can help elevate the play for his teammates the Celtics will be a problem for whoever they match up with from out West. It is hard to hate the gifted skill set that Tatum possesses but in a moment where it matters the most to help this team reach the ultimate prize come June.

Keep the main thing, the main thing!

The level of fight in this Boston Celtics team has been impressive to witness throughout the playoffs despite only losing 2 games throughout their journey to a Finals appearance it did come with some resilient efforts.

If the Celtics can continue to execute and not let up they can find themselves at the top of the mountain following the NBA Finals. The impact and high level of depth that this roster has made it quite a challenge for teams to slow them down and knock them off beat.

The versatility in their backcourt, mixed with their cohesiveness makes them a matchup nightmare all across the board 1 through 5. The Finals are almost here and all sights will be set on the Boston Celtics in their pursuit of banner number 18.


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