BOSTON – Go on. Soothe the Boston Celtics in soothing, soothing tones that it's no shame to lose to LeBron James: the game's biggest player, a mammoth icon that has played for 48 minutes and his old familiar playoff opponent on every conceivable Way demoralized. Dagger 3, malevolent defense, grand court vision and, above all, a Hall of Fame that nobody else on the court – or maybe this earth? (19659002) Feel free to remind the Celtics that no one – absolutely anyone – expected them to advance to the final of the Eastern Conference, as Cardinal Gordon Hayward, then Kyrie Irving, was decimated from the outset Daniel Theis, then Shane Larkin.
It's all true, of course, but do not expect it to support it. The sons of Brad Stevens, even after a devastating 7-loss game in their own building, the only one of his so-called unlikely playoff run, stomped out of TD Garden, believing this was a game they should have won even after shooting 34 Percent for the game and an inscrutable 1
They will wake up on Monday morning, arguing that they did not belong on this big stage as outsiders but as legitimate
"None of this was ever unlikely for us," said Marcus Morris. "As I said from the beginning, when I saw the draw for the playoffs, I expected us to be in the right position
" But we're pulling our hat to Cleveland. They came back from a 2-0 (Serie) deficit. They had LeBron. We've missed the shots we normally make. "
Oh, these missed shots, where do we start? There were so many of them there was Terry Rozier, who missed 12 of his 14 offers, including a 0-for-10 Goose egg behind the 3-point line Just two nights earlier in Cleveland, in a much more hostile environment, Rozier fired the Cavs for 28 points on 6 of 10 that shoot behind the three-point arc.
"It is a bitter pill to swallow, "said a visibly shaken Rozier in the silence of the loser's locker room.
Later, when he was approached by ESPN in the corridor, Rozier was asked after the show that this game was too overwhelming for one Dienstp lan, who was on average 25.6 years old, he was the second youngest since the era of firefights and had reached the final.
"It has nothing to do with it," Rozier said. "I would definitely repeat all these shots, my self-confidence is still with me and it will be well on the summer and next season."
One of the lovelier qualities of this Celtics team was in swaying players, another stepped up to cover its tracks. This symbiotic relationship did not contribute to Game 7. Rozier's Boston backroom trio, 21-year-old Jaylen Brown (5-of-18) and Marcus Smart (1-of-10) combined to shoot a staggering 19 percent off the ground, and a staggering 11 percent (3-of-10) 26) from the 3-point line.
The Celtics have all summer, to chew on the criticism that they played "young" in this game 7, that the enormity of the moment made them press to force low-percentage jumpers to make quick decisions. The numbers suggest that there is a wealth of truth – with the exception of 20-year-old Jayson Tatum, who fought two years ago at St. Louis University (MS) High School for a Boy State Championship school and Sunday night was emp  Tatum checked out with 24 points and 7 rebounds and added another page to a burgeoning dossier that just suggests he was the best rookie in this talented 2018 class.
"I love everything about the child," James explained. "The way he plays the game, his behavior, where he comes from, I know his parents, he's built for glory."
Jayson Tatum reacts to his posterization of LeBron James and thinks about the moment he shared with James after the game.
But Tatum's explanation game was not enough, as well as Al Horford's resurrection as the riveting mediator at both ends of the floor, who had much of it with the strong defense of the Cleveland Cavaliers and a career play of the Yoda to the young Celtics Jedis former Celtic Jeff Green did, and of course, LeBron's fingerprints were everywhere, especially mid-second quarter when Boston fed It was a hard fought 35-23 advantage with 8:52 in time due to a flood of missed shots, sales and missed free throws. James made them expensive for any shortfall, either with a clever pass or an aggressive offensive raid in the paint at half time had this 12-point lead inventory n was reduced to four points. It was an opportunity that was wasted, and everyone in the rough garden knew it.
"We somehow got away from what we did in the first quarter," Rozier admitted. "If we do that, we always pay for it."
"We were in really good shape – really good shape," Boston coach Brad Stevens complained, "and we could not just take the lead and I thought that probably contributed to the filming of the rest of the game."  Sometimes, if the shots do not fall, there is a tendency to try to regain these points all at once, especially when you are young and still learning. Rozier
"At points one could say that (young guys) played young," Morris admitted. "Cleveland has veterans, including the best guy there, but I love how we never stopped fighting."
In many ways, Smart, which has long been identified as the heart and soul of this ball club, personified Boston's struggles. His fearless belief in himself is his greatest strength and his grossest weakness. He is a common defender, an underrated passer, a hustler and an agitator – but not a shooter. Spite of his shooting problems, Smart has still made two major attacks on LeBron, distributing seven assists and within 30. English: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 157 & lang = en Minutes of no turnovers scored the game, a typical night on the floor for Boston's Mercury Leader.
"That was difficult," said Smart "Very hard, I left everything on the court, but my (performance) was unacceptable, I missed free I miss shots I usually do, but I try to find no excuses but my thumb is messed right hand is a problem. "
Do you know that? A crazed player whose shot comes and goes, whose defense is his business card. Those were the Boston Celtics 2017-18 in a nutshell.
"I can not say that," answered Baynes. "Seventy percent of those shots we missed were great shots."
Baynes said his teammates are building on this disappointment in a way they do not even understand
"It's a great learning tool," he said. "We lost our first year in the league (San Antonio) in the finals, and we came back with a different drive, a different energy level."  Did he share this wisdom package with the team on Sunday night?
"Not yet," said Baynes. "It's a bit soon."
No need to repeat the thrilling series victory over the Milwaukee Bucks and the dismantling of the coveted Philadelphia 76s. No need to perfect them on the back for their resiliency and their ability to "Next Man Up" Mantra. These Boston Celtics do not enjoy it. You have planned to go all the way – even if you do not.