Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has opened up on the NBA finals loss against Golden State Warriors. The Dubs defeated the Celtics by 4-2 in the NBA finals and Smart feels they learned a lot from their experience of playing in the finals.
In fact, the Celtics had a 2-1 lead after three matches but the Golden State Warriors bounced back in style to clinch the next three matches and thus the series. Steph Curry was at his absolute best as he delivered the goods for his team.
“We have to take the lesson the hard way. We learned a lot out of our experience and unfortunately we had to lose to do that, but we now know what it takes to play, to be there, the stress it takes on you, mentally, physically, emotionally,” Smart said in an interview with CLNS media.
“You kind of figure when and when not to be too excited about it, how to play it and how to keep yourself calm. It was a lot of factors that we’ve learned individually and as a group from this… it’s tough to have to learn the hard way… it’s still fresh for us, so guys are really just trying to wait, but once we do start talking, we’ll get that out there, but right now we’re just giving ourselves a break.”
There is no doubt that the Boston Celtics must have learned a lot but it is always difficult to cope with the loss in the finals. They could not cross the final hurdle and the Celtics will be determined to come back even stronger than the previous season.
Meanwhile, Marcus Smart averaged 15.4 points, 5.9 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 21 games in the 2022 playoffs and he will aim to prove his mettle in the upcoming season.