Boston Celtics Soar to Second Round of NBA Playoffs
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The Boston Celtics triumphed over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, with a decisive 128-120 victory that secured their place in the second round of the NBA playoffs. With a 4-2 series lead, the Celtics are now eagerly anticipating their next challenge.
Dynamic Duo Leads Boston to Victory
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown led the charge for the Celtics, with Tatum finishing the night with a remarkable 30 points, 14 rebounds, and 7 assists. Brown also put in a standout performance, scoring 32 points and grabbing 5 rebounds.
Sense of Urgency Propels Celtics to Victory
Al Horford, who played a crucial role in the victory, spoke after the game about the team's mindset heading into the game. "We talked about finishing the game," Horford said. "I felt the last game, for the most part, we were fine.
But tonight there was that sense of urgency. We understood how important it was to not extend the series." In a memorable moment during the game, Horford responded to a heckling fan with a clutch 3-pointer from the corner that put the Celtics ahead to stay. "I appreciated it because he got me going," Horford said of the trash talk. "He said some stuff that I wasn't very pleased with.
I took it to heart and I was able to get that shot. I appreciate him for talking trash to me. Some people you can talk trash to. Talk trash to me - it's probably not good for you."
Atlanta's Resilience Tests Celtics
Tatum spoke about the tough competition the Celtics faced from the Hawks, who came into the game with confidence and gave the Celtics a run for their money.
"I know the narrative: We were supposed to sweep them, it was supposed to be a cakewalk," Tatum said. "They really tested us, coming in here in this environment, and they had the utmost confidence in this game, and you could see it.
The way they played, the shots they were hitting. The crowd was into it. It was a fun game to be a part of."
Tatum Apologizes to Janet Jackson
After the game, Tatum had an apology to make to legendary singer Janet Jackson. Jackson had been scheduled to perform a concert at the State Farm Arena on Wednesday night, but had to reschedule due to the Hawks' victory in the previous game.
"I wanna send an apology to the legend Janet Jackson," Tatum told TNT. "We were supposed to close it out in Boston. She had to postpone her show. I hope she sees this, you know, I apologize for that, but we got it done today."
With Jackson's rescheduled concert taking place tonight, and the Celtics set to begin their second-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, the excitement and anticipation continue to build.
"I want to send an apology to the legend Janet Jackson.
We were supposed to close it out in Boston. She had to postpone her show. I hope she see this. I apologize for that."
— Jayson Tatumpic.twitter.com/juYatAssYt — ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) April 28, 2023