To the elder Tatum, Jayson’s performance in the postseason was by far the greatest Father’s Day present anyone could ever hope for.
As far as Justin Tatum is concerned, his Father’s Day gift this year came early and was of the variety that simply cannot be bought in stores (no matter what anyone says about the Golden State Warriors‘ payroll), an accomplishment that can only be appreciated fully by a proud dad watching his child competing at the highest level of his chosen vocation.
In a touching Instagram post the elder Tatum penned to honor his son’s monumental season helping lead the Boston Celtics to within two games of winning the storied franchise’s 18th banner, All-NBA Celtics forward Jayson Tatum’s father explained to his son just how proud he was of his accomplishment.
“These past 2 months you gave me the best Fathers Day gift a dad can ask for,” said Tatum’s father in the post.
The season may be over, but this is what Boston and NBA Twitter had to say about Game 6 before it did.
Game 6 was a win-or-go-home contest for the Boston Celtics, and the Celtics did not in fact win. So, they are going home after an amazing run to close out the 2021-22 NBA season with an electric postseason to cap off several frustrating seasons.
And while it isn’t an NBA title, the success the Celtics found on this campaign is something to build on beyond the sting of an NBA Finals series loss, the highs and lows of Game 6 something to remember as they try to win Banner 18 in 2022-23. But those highs and lows of Game 6 were fresh in our memories as the buzzer sounded, and worth a second look as we wrap up the season with a bow.
This is what Boston Celtics and NBA Twitter had to say during Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs.
Given how a similar situation went with the King in the Fourth, it’s understandable.
All things being equal, you can’t blame Isaiah Thomas for his skepticism given he himself was once in exactly the same position as Boston Celtics big man Robert Williams III is in now. The former King in the Fourth tweeted “Heard that before lol” in response to an article posted to Twitter by NBC Sports’ Kurt Helin titled “Report: Celtics told Robert Williams playing through injury won’t make knee worse”.
IT was greenlighted to play in the 2017 NBA Playoffs on an injured hip that would ultimately derail and nearly end his NBA career, which Thomas seemed to imply was the fault of Boston’s medical staff.
Timelord’s injury is a very different one with a fairly broad consensus about the risk involved, but given Thomas’ personal experience with the team and his own injury, such a reaction is very understandable.
Athletes should always question narratives about playing through pain for glory when there is such a considerable amount of money at stake, and while Williams has earned enough in his current deal to take care of himself for life, that doesn’t mean he should be incautious with his future.
Presumably, the Celtics — who have since overhauled their medical staff considerably — are taking the same footing given the black eye a similar outcome would have on their organization.
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Boston has their backs against the proverbial wall with the loss.
In a pivotal Game 5 NBA Finals contest between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors, the Celtics’ youth and inexperience cost them the win. The Warriors came out aggressive to start and the Celtics were slow to start, playing catch-up for much of the rest of the game.
The Celtics now find themselves down 3-2 in the series and facing tough odds to find a way to win the 2022 NBA title with each of the two remaining contests in the series potential elimination games for Boston. The series now heads back to the Celtics’ home court of TD Garden as the team hopes to stave off the end of their season with another loss.
Let’s take a look at what NBA and Celtics Twitter had to say about the Celtics’ Game 5 loss to the Warriors.
This is what Celtics and NBA Twitter had to say about
There might be plenty to critique of how the Boston Celtics played late in their 107-97 Game 4 loss to the Golden State Warriors in the 2022 NBA Finals on Friday night, but the story of the evening was easily the historic performance of star Golden State point guard Stephen Curry, who put up an absurd 43 points and 10 rebounds to put the Warriors on his back.
In so doing, the Dubs avoided a deadly 1-3 series deficit and instead tied the Finals up at 2 games each, the next game to be played on the Warriors’ home court of Chase Center as the series shifts back to San Francisco.
NBA and Celtics Twitter took to the league’s unofficial social media site to air their thoughts about the game — let’s take a look at what was said.
This is what Celtics and NBA Twitter had to say about Boston’s Game 3 win.
Game 3 of the 2022 NBA Finals series between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors saw the Celtics come out swinging to take an early lead, and despite the Warriors’ patented third-quarter avalanche of offense, Boston took a 2-1 series lead at TD Garden on Wednesday night with a 116-100 victory.
The Celtics controlled the contest for most of the game, save a late surge in the third that saw Golden State take the lead back for a few brief possessions. Boston now finds itself up a game in the series with the next game on their home court.
Let’s take a look at what NBA and Celtics Twitter had to say about Boston’s big win.
A patented Warriors third-quarter surge proved too much for the Celtics.
The Boston Celtics took the Golden State Warriors’ best punch well in the first half, but it was the third-quarter avalanche straight out of Golden State’s tried and true standards that sunk the Celtics in Game 2 of the 2022 NBA Finals more than anything else.
The mood from the audience on the league’s unofficial social media site of Twitter shifted from confidence to trepidation to acceptance once the Warriors got up big in the game’s third quarter. Questions of a potential sweep in the first half quickly evaporated in light of a substandard performance from Boston in the contest’s second half.
Let’s take a look at what NBA analysts and Celtics fans had to say about Game 2 on Twitter Sunday night.
Stealing home court advantage is a solid way to start the 2022 NBA Finals.
The Boston Celtics survived an absolutely sizzling first quarter from Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry to come away with a 120-108 Game 1 win in their 2022 NBA Finals series with the Dubs with huge games out of veteran big man Al Horford and star forward Jaylen Brown.
With the win, the Celtics have stolen home court advantage from the Warriors and will have defied the odds to beat Golden State’s extensive corporate knowledge as much as their extremely challenging style of play in doing so. the impressive come-from-behind victory caught the attention of the NBA and Celtics media and fans on the league’s unofficial social media site of Twitter with the impressive win on Thursday night.
Let’s take a look at what was being said about this iteration of the Celtics’ very first NBA Finals win.
Boston will compete for an NBA-record 18 titles after the win.
In a decisive Game 7 of their 2022 NBA Eastern Conference finals series with the Miami Heat, the Boston Celtics brought their A-Game, and it paid off with a trip to the 2022 NBA Finals to face the Golden State Warriors for a shot at the 2022 NBA title and a league-record 18 championships.
The Celtics weathered several attempts by the Heat to retake the lead, but the Heat simply did not have enough in the tank to defeat a young and rising Boston squad. The Celtics were led by Jayson Tatum (26 points, 10 boards, 6 assists), Jaylen Brown (24 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists), and Marcus Smart (24 points, 9 boards, 5 assists).
Let’s take a look at what the league’s unofficial social media outlet had to say about Boston’s big win.
Miami was not ready to go quietly into the night.
The Boston Celtics could have been taking some time off to rest while punching their ticket to the 2022 NBA Finals, but instead had to sort out why they found themselves on the wrong side of a 111-103 box score in their Game 6 matchup with the Miami Heat instead.
Fans of the Boston Celtics were of course quite displeased with the egg laid by their team at a potentially critical juncture, playing like a club that assumed their victory before even stepping on the court, their lack of hunger capitalized on by a Heat team not ready to go into the night quietly.
Let’s take a look at how Celtics and NBA Twitter responded to Boston blowing Game 6 of the East Finals on Friday night.