The Celtics not are more than three wins from the title, which seemed totally impossible in the heart of winter, when the franchise was going through a fairly deep crisis. But during the Finals, a former C’s wanted to re-establish a truth: the locker room would be terrible.
The Celtics have everything from the team of the future. The two stars, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, are still young, they get along wonderfully, and thanks to Ime Udoka, they have learned to rely on their teammates. On Game 1 of the Finals, it was therefore Derrick White and especially Al Horford who took the reins offensively to overcome the Warriors on their floor.
In the event of a title within weeks, Boston could not only once again become the most successful franchise in NBA history, leaving the Lakers behind with « only » 17 titles, but the Massachusetts franchise could also lay the foundations for a dynasty. If Tatum succeeds in reaching his full potential, he could become one of the best players in the world and therefore attract the most prestigious role players.
Juancho Hernangomez destroys the Celtics during the Finals
But not everyone has this idyllic view of the Celtics’ situation. Indeed, for a player who started the season in Massachusetts, seeing Boston so well launched in the title race must be unbearable. In an interview given to EurohoopsJuancho Hernangomez quite simply destroyed his former teammates, denouncing the pathological selfishness of some.
I was not happy at all in Boston, it was very difficult for me. No one was talking to me, I didn’t know what was expected of me on and off the pitch. There are a lot of selfish players in the squad and no one is trying to create group cohesion. During my time at the Celtics, I was disgusted, I lost a bit of my love for basketball.
Juancho Hernangomez has only played 18 games for the Celtics this season, 18 too many if his account is to be believed. The Spanish interior felt lonely in the locker room, where no one tried to integrate him, and above all, he was shocked by the selfishness of some. And faced with these words, how not to think of the two leaders of the workforce, who must be in charge of cohesion?
Be that as it may, it is clear that things must have changed during the season, since Ime Udoka’s men went from an average franchise, barely in balance, to NBA finalists. There must have been a great questioning in the locker room, and the journey since then has been quite prodigious. We know who Juancho Hernangomez has to support in the series between his former teammates and the Warriors.
Good atmosphere in the locker room or not, the fact remains that the Celtics are in the Finals and have recovered the advantage ground. If they win against the Warriors, it may be the biggest turnaround in history.