Jayson Tatum Pushes Back on Narrative That Celtics Are 'Super Team'

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum and guard Jaylen Brown
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum and guard Jaylen Brown / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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The Boston Celtics came up short in Game 2 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night, losing in blowout fashion on their home court.

After the game, Jayson Tatum was asked about the narrative that the Celtics are a super team and whether fans in Boston had grown spoiled due to the team's frequent success during the regular season.

"I mean, that's the narrative that you might see on TV," Tatum said during his postgame press conference. "The idea that we have a super team... It's twofold, right? We didn't have the Coach of the Year, we didn't have the MVP, we only had two All-Stars. You say we're a super team but we didn't get awarded like we are.

"We know we got a good team. We're not perfect. We play the right way more often than not. And we know we've got to be better," added Tatum.

During the 118–94 loss, Tatum scored a team-high 25 points on 7-for-17 shooting from the field. He added six assists and seven rebounds while registering a plus-minus of -22.

Boston went 64–18 during the regular season and a league-best 37-4 at home. Certainly among the title favorites and boasting one of the strongest rosters in the league, it's not hard to see why the Celtics have picked up the title of a super team, even if Tatum feels otherwise.

Karl Rasmussen


Karl Rasmussen is a writer on Sports Illustrated’s Breaking & Trending News Team. A University of Oregon alum, his work has appeared on 12up and ClutchPoints. He’s a loyal Tottenham, Jets, Yankees and Ducks fan.