Boston, which aimed for the first reverse sweep in NBA history, could not get past the final hurdle. Jayson Tatum struggled with an injury, but kept his head down due to Yatoo hunting.
The Boston Celtics lost 84-103 in Game 7 of the 2023 NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat held at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on the 30th (Korean time). Boston, who had three consecutive wins after three consecutive losses and the first reverse sweep in NBA history, failed to advance to the finals with a series record of 3 wins and 4 losses.
Miami’s failure to block Caleb Martin’s 3-point shot (14/28) and Jaylen Brown’s 8 errors could also be counted as losses, but the most painful was Tatum’s injury. Tatum stepped on Gabe Vincent’s foot in the process of landing after a jump shot 26 seconds into the first quarter, breaking his left ankle.
Tatum complained of pain but couldn’t leave. This is because the loss was Game 7, which meant the end of the season. However, even Boston’s ace had no business in front of an injury. Tatum suffered from the aftermath of the injury throughout the match, limping and frowning. Early in the fourth quarter, he missed an easy shot on goal.
Tatum recorded 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists in 41 minutes and 36 seconds despite the injury. His fighting spirit was high, but his efficiency was low. Tatum’s field goal rate was only 38.5% (5/13).
“It was disappointing to see that happen on the first shot,” Tatum said after the game. It was difficult for him to move, and we did not get the results we expected.” Grant Williams also said, “We couldn’t show our original appearance from start to finish. The defense and offense were mixed. It didn’t go the way we wanted,” he said, expressing his disappointment.
Boston had a big change right before the season opener. In his first season in charge, head coach Imeudoka, who instilled solid defensive power, was suspended for an unfortunate incident, and Joe Majula took over as interim head coach in his place.토토사이트
Although there was not enough time for maintenance, Boston, led by manager Majula, won 6 more wins than last season and rose to second place in the East. With an average of 117.9 points, they ranked 4th in this category and quickly transformed into a team with spears at the forefront. Although they failed to advance to the finals for the second season in a row, Tatum applauded Majula for his leadership.
“We fell short compared to Miami,” Tatum said. I won’t make any excuses. However, I would like to pay tribute to the coaching staff and the competitiveness that our team showed on the court.”