The Boston Celtics were so close to their first NBA title since 2008, but they fell short in their quest for Banner 18, losing to the Golden State Warriors 103-90 in Game 6 of Thursday’s 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden.
Aside from Game 1, the Celtics have been largely outplayed by the Warriors throughout the series, and veteran center Al Horford told reporters after Thursday’s loss that Golden State was “on a different level” in the Finals.
With a completely healthy core group that includes Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, and a depth that includes Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole and more, the Warriors were destined to claim their fourth title in the last eight seasons.
However, the Celtics frequently beat themselves, with turnovers and scoring inconsistencies highlighted by struggles from Jayson Tatum, leading to their downfall.
This was the first NBA Finals to feature Boston’s core squad of Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart. They still have a lot to learn but there is little doubt that the trio will lead the Celtics back to the Finals in the near future.