It Wasn’t the Celtics’ Time. Next Year It Could Be.

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Sports Illustrated

By Chris Mannix Jayson Tatum and Boston fell short of the NBA title, but the future remains bright. BOSTON – The construction of the dais for the trophy presentation neared completion and even as a collection of smiling, sweat-soaked Warriors bounced around it, Jayson Tatum couldn’t bring himself to leave the floor. The most successful season in Tatum’s five-year NBA career had ended with its most frustrating night: 13 points on 6-for-18 shooting in a 103–90 Game 6 defeat. As Golden State celebrated, Tatum peered up at the Jumbotron, as if to will a few more minutes on the clock. “This is toug…

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