The NBA Finals didn’t make it easy for the Boston Celtics this year.
Ime Udoka’s team turned around drastically in the new year, storming through the Eastern Conference to reach the Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
But the ultimate win was not to come this year as the Warriors defeated the Celtics in six games.
The team should be proud of themselves, but it’s obvious that some shortcomings brought them down.
Brad Stevens said the Celtics’ offensive performance was the main reason they came up short: “Our defense was good enough to win throughout the playoffs.” He said the Celtics have struggled with the move, over-assist and Golden State’s great defensive activity.
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) June 21, 2022
Basketball Operations President Brad Stevens had an impact on what ruined the Celtics in the Finals: their offense.
“Our defense was good enough to win the entire playoffs,” Stevens told the press.
However, he said his team was unable to overcome Golden State’s switching and defensive skills.
Sure enough, the Warriors brought the Celtics down to earth in a very big way.
The Celtics had the best defensive rating in the league for most of the season.
And Stevens is right: their defense remained impressive until the final.
But not only the defense wins games, the offense also has to be right in order to win a game and definitely a series.
And when it came to offense, the Warriors simply had the Celtics under control.
There have been several instances where the Celtics have looked downright sloppy.
They put on stupid plays and their turnover rate skyrocketed.
Their lead Jayson Tatum was also minimized throughout the series, severely hampering their offensive performance.
In many ways, the Warriors’ experience and skill came through during the finals.
And there was just no holding back.
That being said, the Celtics have proven they really are a special, up-and-coming team.
With a few tweaks and improvements, they can win a ring within a few seasons.