Whelp, the NBA is officially done for the season. The Boston Celtics dismantled the Mavericks in a 106-88 game 5 victory on Monday night, securing the franchise’s 18th NBA championship. Jayson Tatum, led with 31 points, 11 assists, and eight rebounds. The Celtics broke a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for the most titles in league history. Celebrating with coach Joe Mazzulla, Tatum expressed his gratitude, saying, “It means the world. It’s been a long time. And damn I’m grateful.”


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ICYMI, Jaylen Brown added 21 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, earning the NBA Finals MVP. He acknowledged his partnership with Tatum, stating, “I share this with my brothers and my partner in crime Jayson Tatum.” Jrue Holiday contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Kristaps Porzingis, returning from injury, added five points in 17 minutes.

The Celtics, who completed a 16-3 postseason and an overall 80-21 record (.792), now boast the second-best winning percentage in team history, trailing only the 1985-86 championship team. Coach Mazzulla, at 35, became the youngest coach since Bill Russell in 1969 to lead a team to a title, remarking, “You have very few chances in life to be great.”

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Despite Luka Doncic’s 28 points and 12 rebounds, the Mavericks couldn’t extend the series after their Game 4 win. Doncic, who played through various injuries, said, “It doesn’t matter if I was hurt, how much was I hurt. I was out there. I tried to play, but I didn’t do enough.” Kyrie Irving, with 15 points, reflected on the future, “I see an opportunity for us to really build our future in a positive manner, where this is almost like a regular thing for us and we’re competing for championships.”

Mavericks coach Jason Kidd noted the value of the experience, despite the 4-1 series loss, saying, “I think the first step is just to be in it. Yes, we lost 4-1, but I thought the group fought against the Celtics… we just couldn’t make shots when we had to, or we turned the ball over and they took full advantage of that.” NBA teams remain winless in 157 postseason series after falling into a 3-0 deficit.

Next season can’t come fast enough and hopefully the playoffs are a bit more competitive. Yes, we said it. 

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