Ime Udoka (Boston) after the coronation of Golden State: "This suffering may last a while"

Ime Udoka, coach of the Boston Celtics, after the loss in Game 6 and the coronation of Golden State: “Of course, failing so close to the goal hurts. A lot of guys in the locker room are very affected right now. The message for players is that this suffering is likely to last for a while. This pain never really goes away. I have already lost a final. But we also need our development and our progress this season to push us forward. Our guys haven’t been at their best honestly. Kudos to Golden State. They played a big role in that. Very consistent defensively. I don’t feel like we didn’t have enough guns. Just that we probably played our worst series of these play-offs. If we had played like against Milwaukee or Miami, the final would have been different, especially matches 4 and 5 where we struggled in the last quarter. »

Jaylen Brown (winger, 34 rebounds, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal): “We weren’t good in this series. Partly because of the Warriors. They forced us to do things we didn’t want to do and that led to lost balls. It hurts to think that we haven’t lived up to our potential. But it’s like that. We must learn the lessons and move forward. We showed our immaturity sometimes. We are a young group. We still have a lot to learn. Tough night for Boston. Tough night for the Celtics. I don’t really know what to say. It’s still a great course. No one saw us here at the start of the season. We are two games away from achieving something special. We had opportunities. It was not our time but the future is bright. »

Jayson Tatum (back, 13 points at 6/18, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals, 1 block): “We may have lacked calm in this series, myself included, in the management of the ball for example. But it’s too easy to look back and think about how much we could have done better. We tried. That, I know. What I take away from all of this is that it’s hard. I repeat, it hurts. Rethinking how much we wanted to win, telling ourselves that we just failed. It’s a horrible feeling. Getting this far and losing is tough. We don’t want to go through that again but at the same time, we want to come back to the final. So yes, all this will motivate us. »

Al Horford (interior, 19 points, including 4/5 3-pointers, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block): “Very hard to be in our situation. But I am very proud of our group, of our development throughout the season. We learned a lot from this experience, from all the attention that the final generates. I don’t necessarily want to dwell on everything that we did wrong this (Thursday) evening. The Warriors were definitely on another level. We have to accept it. Offensive rebounds, ball losses really hurt us. I have the feeling that we fought well but every time we came back from distance, we lost the ball again. We will have to work hard this summer and arrive ready for the new season.

Marcus Smart (9 points at 4/12, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals): ” It’s hard. We have gone through a lot of hardships this year. So far, we had overcome all the obstacles on our way. We have all made mistakes that we should have avoided, that we could have avoided. But we learn. We will use it for next season. We tried everything we knew, we even tried things we had never tried before. It wasn’t enough. You have to look forward. That’s all that matters now. Many people, including in this room I think, did not imagine us here at the start of the season. »

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