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Celtics Dominate, Win Championship

by Alejandro Menendez

Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics lifts the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy after Boston's 106-88 win against the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at TD Garden on June 17, 2024, in Boston. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/TNS)

Boston Boasts Another Banner

As the buzzer sounded in the TD Garden, celebrations ran wild with the Celtics imposing their will on and defeating the Dallas Mavericks by a score of 106-88, securing the gentleman’s sweep and boasting another championship for the decorated franchise.

But for the Celtics, this win meant more than just another banner in that it marked the achievement of a championship for a roster that has long been due for one. When the Celtics rebuilt their roster in 2013, they took a chance by parting ways with championship winners Keven Garnett and Paul Pierce, trading them for three future first round picks. Little did the Celtics know that these future first round draft picks held two of their most valued pierces essential to winning this title: Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

Alongside a changing roster, these two stars were able to evolve with the team, playing with players such as Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart throughout their journey. And though this team did not accomplish the final goal of an championship for quite some time, they appeared in the Eastern Conference Finals 5 times, winning two of the series.

But the key to this title for the Celtics did not lie in just these two players, but rather the roster as a whole. The addition of players such as Jrue Holiday and Kristaps Porzingis allowed for some of the weight to be taken off of Tatum and brown and for the team to play as one solid unit.

Head Coach Joe Mazzulla was also no small part of this championship equation as he has led the Celtics to recent success and has been a major part in creating and instilling a winning attitude to this roster.

The truest illustration of this team mentality however came from Jaylen Brown during his interview moments after being awarded Finals MVP:

“It was a full team effort, I share this with my brothers and my partner in crime, Jayson Tatum.”

This championship, team and mentality are all tremendous signs for the Celtics organization going into the future. Not to mention that this Championship puts them atop the League for most Championships of all time with eighteen. The Celtics seem to be in for a very successful next few years, and with stars like Tatum and Brown to lead them, the future looks bright in Boston.

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