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Jayson Tatum admits Celtics weren't on the same page this season

Jayson Tatum admits Celtics weren't on the same page this season

It's no secret the Celtics were plagued by chemistry issues throughout the 2018-19 season.

Jayson Tatum talked in depth about those issues with Jeff Goodman of CLNS Media on the "Good ‘N Plenty" podcast. The Celtics' No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft admitted while the team gelled off the court, they couldn't seem to find a groove on it.

“I don’t know what people believe on the outside, but we had a lot of good guys," Tatum told Goodman. "Everybody wanted to win. Everybody wanted to make it work, but I don’t know if we knew how to exactly do that. We all got along great, on the plane, off the court, but even watching film, it didn’t necessarily look like we were all on the page during the games. And it’s not one person’s fault. It’s not Brad’s fault, or Danny’s fault, we all played a part. People can blame the GM and the coach, but we still had t go out there and perform and do our job, and like I said, we didn’t always do it.”

While the C's reflect on a disappointing season, the Raptors represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals and are one win away from defeating the Warriors. Given Toronto's success, Tatum can't help but think, "what if?"

"That's kind of what stings the most," he said. "Wish we didn't leave things on the table, wish we would've made it work because you don't know how many times you'll get opportunities to be on a team that good. That really, really had a chance."

As for how Tatum would evaluate his individual performance this season, the 21-year-old sees progress but isn't satisfied. He looks forward to getting to work this offseason and hopes that despite the lingering Anthony Davis rumors, it'll be in Boston.

“I didn’t backtrack, I’m still improving in all my numbers, just not as fast as I wanted to," Tatum said. “That’s why I’m excited for this offseason and for next season. Hopefully I’m still on the team. We’ll see what happens.”

Tatum also chats with Goodman about fatherhood, staying in touch with Kobe Bryant, and much more. You can check out the full interview here.

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Handicapping the NBA's Eastern Conference before the 2019-20 season

Handicapping the NBA's Eastern Conference before the 2019-20 season

The Eastern Conference hasn't been easy to figure out in recent seasons, as the conference has seen some massive power shifts in each of the past two offseasons.

During the 2018 offseason, LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Los Angeles Lakers. The ensuing move left the Cavaliers as a bottom dweller in the conference while teams like the Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Toronto Raptors rose to the top. Meanwhile, the star-studded and deep Boston Celtics failed to live up to lofty expectations.

Now, the Raptors don't look as strong despite winning the 2019 NBA title. They lost Kawhi Leonard and their potential fall has created another opening atop the Eastern Conference. Will teams like the 76ers and Bucks step up into the No. 1 spot? And can a new-look Celtics squad rise up once again? The East will be unpredictable, but here's a look at the state of the conference ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

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Boston trims roster, Javonte Green appears to win final spot

Boston trims roster, Javonte Green appears to win final spot

The Boston Celtics waived Max Strus, Kaiser Gates, and Yante Maten on Saturday, trimming their roster to the regular-season limit of 17.

With the moves, summer league standout Javonte Green appears to have clinched the team’s 15th roster spot. Gates and Maten will have a chance to latch on with the Maine Red Claws as affiliated players after they clear waivers.

The Celtics signed Strus to a 2-way deal after he went undrafted then promoted him to the 15-man roster earlier this week on a partially guaranteed deal. That opened a 2-way slot to sign 7-foot-7 Tacko Fall.

Strus played well late in the exhibition slate and made 5 of his 12 3-point attempts overall. The combination of Fall’s potential and his popularity forced the team to maneuver. With help from his springy hops, Green made 16 of his 20 shots in the preseason and showed an ability to be an aggressive perimeter defender, helping him edge Strus in the competition for the final spot on the parent roster.

The Celtics open the regular season on Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

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