Boston’s Last Hope for a Championship


Elijah Bergner, Journalist

The Boston Celtics’ journey this season was marked by significant growth, both for their star player Jason Tatum and for the team as a whole. Despite some criticisms and differing opinions from fans, there were also unsung heroes who played crucial roles in their success. Let’s take a closer look at the highs and lows of the Celtics’ season.

According to current IHS student Toby Adams, Jason Tatum showed “serious growth” this year, stepping up as a leader and delivering clutch performances. He’s not wrong. Tatum had some incredible moments this season, including a 60-point game against the San Antonio Spurs. He also became the youngest Celtics player to score 50 points in a playoff game, helping the team secure a win in a crucial Game 3 against the Brooklyn Nets.

However, not everyone was impressed with Tatum’s performance. Current IHS student Tyler Rafferty had some harsh criticisms, calling him “inconsistent” and a liability for the rest of the team. While it’s true that Tatum had some off nights, it’s important to remember that basketball is a team sport. No player is perfect, and it’s up to the rest of the team to step up and support each other when one player is struggling. In fact, Tatum himself has acknowledged this, saying in a post-game interview, “We all have to be on the same page; we all have to play together.”

Finally, former Solivictorian of IHS Jesse C.P. had some high praise for Jaylen Brown, calling him “criminally underrated” and a reliable performer for the Celtics. Brown had a solid season, averaging 24.7 points per game and shooting 48.4% from the field. He also had some standout moments, including a 40-point game against the Lakers in April. Brown’s consistency and reliability were undoubtedly crucial to the Celtics’ success this year.

All Celtic fans hope to see our team win in the final but our opponents look like fair matches. Next round is against the Heat, who despite being ranked last seed in the playoffs have shown much grit and momentum. After our series against the Heat we will face either a seasoned veteran LA Lakers with Anthony Davis and Lebron James, or previous back to back MVP Nikola Jocic and his 1st seed Nuggets.

Overall, the Celtics’ season was marked by growth, criticism, and unsung heroes. While there were some inconsistencies and struggles, there were also moments of brilliance and teamwork. It’s important to remember that basketball is a team sport, and no one player can carry a team to victory alone. Tatum, Brown, and the rest of the Celtics will undoubtedly continue to work hard and strive for success in the seasons to come.