Boston Celtics talisman Jayson Tatum stated that the team will look to get last year behind them and make a refreshing start to the new season. The Celtics had a disappointing run in the previous season as they finished at seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings with 35 losses in the regular season.
Furthermore, the team was troubled by injuries and a lot of players also pulled out of the league due to bio bubble restrictions. Moreover, some of the players were also affected by Covid-19.
Meanwhile, Tatum had a stellar run for the Celtics and he was one of the biggest positives for the team. The 23-year old averaged a career-best 26.4 PPG and 7.4 RPG, and also got selected into the All-Star team.
Tatum is hopeful that the team will be able to turn the tables in the upcoming season. The Celtics have had a good start as they have won both their matches in the pre-season.
Speaking about the same in an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio, he said: “Like you said, last year we exited in the first round, but last year was just tough. We had 60 or some days after the bubble. All of these new protocols, it was just a weird weird year, and we were the team most affected by Covid. That definitely played a part, and, I think, we just never could find a rhythm because guys were out with injury , Covid or whatever.”
“So, I think, we were talented, but with, you know, with JB going out towards the end of the season, it was just an unfortunate year from all those different aspects. Hopefully, now, we could just try to stay safe and stay healthy as possible. We gotta lot of new faces, and obviosuly a new coach, you know we’re just trying to keep last year behind us.”
Tatum has shown the skills to go a long way in his career and he has certainly got a lot of talent under his bag. The youngster had also helped the USA in winning the Gold medal in Tokyo Olympics as he had played at the top of his game.
The Celtics will begin their NBA 2021-22 campaign against New York Knicks on October 20.