Jayson Tatum opens on how past heartbreaking losses helped Celtics in 2022 playoffs



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Jayson Tatum opens on how past heartbreaking losses helped Celtics in 2022 playoffs

Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown admitted the team's playoff losses from previous season hurt but noted they helped the team grow and mature. On Sunday night in Miami, the Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 100-96 in Game 7 to progress into the NBA Finals.

En route to making the NBA Finals, the Celtics defeated the Heat, Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks beat the Celtics in the 2019 playoffs, the Heat defeated the Celtics in the 2020 postseason, while the Nets were the better off the Celtics in the 2021 playoffs.

In Game 7 versus the Heat, Tatum was delivered to avoid another heartbreaking playoff loss as he scored 26 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out six assists.

Tatum: Those losses helped us in some ways.

After overcoming the Heat, Tatum was asked whether the experiences from the previous three postseasons helped the Celtics break through in this year's playoffs.

"I truly do," Tatum said, per ESPN. "In the moment when you lose those series, obviously, it hurts, and it's tough. But you never forget it. "I think that's what we all have in common: That we've all been through those tough times, and we remember how that felt.

We didn't want to have that feeling again leaving here tonight. We left it all out on the floor. Obviously, we got it done." Tatum and veteran Al Horford are set for the first NBA Finals. Horford was holding the NBA record for most playoff games in the league history without reaching the NBA Finals.

"[I] just didn't know how to act," Horford said. "Just caught up, excited. A lot of hard work. I've been a part of a lot of great teams, a lot of great teammates, and I'm so proud of this group." The Celtics will take on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Game 1 is scheduled for Thursday in San Francisco.