Nia Long, significant other of Ime Udoka, leads social media celebration of Celtics’ Game 7 win


Celtics legends also got involved.

Nia Long celebrated and congratulated her longtime partner on social media following Sunday’s Celtics win.

The Celtics’ victory in Game 7 to advance to the NBA Finals brought joy to people in Boston and across the country.

Perhaps no one was happier than Nia Long. The actress is the longtime partner of Celtics coach Ime Udoka and tweeted a number of times during and after the Game 7 win.

Long tweeted “Yes!!!” shortly after the game ended, with a video of her dancing in celebration.

She also sent another tweet in honor of Udoka.

Celtics and NBA legend Bill Russell not only sent congratulations to his old team, but also wondered if something bigger was about to happen.

“Congratulations to them #EasternConferenceFinals master @Celts & to #[JaysonTatum] for receiving the very first LarryBird #ECFmvp forgive. Maybe soon the #BillRussellFinalsMVP forgive #BleedGreen @NBA @espn‘ Russell wrote.

Another Celtic great interfered in Sunday’s victory.

“Yes siiiiiiiiiiiiirrrrrrrrrrrr,” Paul Pierce tweeted.

Celtics starting point guard Marcus Smart decided to respond to analysts who felt Boston should have broken up the trio of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and himself.

“Some said a breakup. We said family. 4 left,” Smart wrote in a tweet with an attached image of the aforementioned trio involvement.

A moment was caught by ESPN cameras between Brown and Tatum as they partied to prove their doubters wrong.

“They said we couldn’t play together!” Tatum told Brown on the court at FTX Arena, with the video shared by ESPN’s Twitter account.

Brown sent out two tweets, writing “All praise to the Highest” in one and “Finals Bound” in another.

Tatum posted several pictures of himself at the post-game celebration with the Larry Bird MVP Award on Instagram. The only image not from the celebration was a screenshot of a text message he sent to Kobe Bryant’s phone on Sunday, writing “I got you today” to his idol. Tatum wore a purple armband that read “24” to honor Bryant.

“How much does it mean to you,” Tatum wrote in the caption of the post, citing what Bryant told him during a workout the two had in 2018.

In the dressing room, Udoka jokingly remarked that he didn’t want a pour-on water bottle, citing that he got one earlier in the year. Tatum and the Celtics had other ideas.

“Man, [expletive] that,” Tatum said before he and the team poured water on their coach.

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