Boston went out in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals and laid an egg, putting the Celtics in an 0-3 hole against the Miami Heat.
The 128-102 loss was a listless performance that put the Celtics one game away from elimination in the nba playoffs.
With the season on the brink of the abyss, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck He reportedly went into the locker room after the game and «went» on the team.
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Grousbeck’s message to the team was to «play with some balls,» leaving the locker room stunned, according to The Athletic.
«(Grousbeck) was right, but we shouldn’t need that,» Celtics forward Blake Griffin told The Athletic. «As soon as we got to the locker room, we were very frustrated.»
The message apparently worked, at least for the next three games.
The Celtics became the fourth team in NBA history to force a Game 7 after going down 0-3 in a series before their season came to an end. braking on Monday, losing to Miami 103-84 as the Heat advanced to the NBA Finals for the second time in four years.
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While Boston managed to force a game-winner, their shooting missed them in the last two games of the series, combining to go just 16-for-77 from 3-point range after finishing second in the NBA in 3-pointers per game during regular play. season.
It was a tumultuous year for the Celtics, who found their third coach in three years later. i am udoka he was suspended for the 2022-23 season for «violations of team policies.»
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joe mazulla he was named the interim coach before his interim tag was removed in February and he led Boston back to the ECF.
The Celtics now enter an offseason with some tough decisions ahead, with Grant Williams set to enter restricted free agency and Jaylen Brown eligible for a supermax contract extension after being named second-team All-NBA.