Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.
The past decade has been all in regards to the Golden State Warriors. Technically, it began in 2013, when the core of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson made their first playoff appearance. Nonetheless, their reign truly began in 2015 after they won their first championship.
They won three titles in 4 years, with some help from Kevin Durant along the best way, and established themselves as one among the best dynasties in NBA history. And although that was put in jeopardy when Thompson got injured in 2019, they bounced all the best way back and won one other championship in 2022.
Golden State took down the Boston Celtics in six games on this past yr’s NBA Finals. Their veteran core outmatched the young, inexperienced Celtics, and point guard Marcus Smart recently spoke about how the team has reacted to their loss. In an interview with Bobby Manning of CLNS Media, Smart talked about how Boston learned from the experience.
“You hear it on a regular basis, it’s a lesson, however it’s tough whenever you’ve got to take the lesson the hard way,” Smart said. “We have now to take the lesson the hard way. We learned quite a bit out of our experience and unfortunately we needed to lose to do this, but we now know what it takes to play, to be there, the stress it takes on you, mentally, physically, emotionally.”
The Warriors went through their very own struggles, learning from them along the best way. It was that have that helped them on the largest stage, allowing them to take down the Celtics.
Boston’s point guard also noted how the team is currently giving themselves a break after the tough loss.
Smart: ‘Giving Ourselves a Break’
Each Boston and Golden State went through long, grueling seasons to get to the Finals, and while the Warriors ended up ending on top, all sides was exhausted. After the loss, Smart said that the loss was still fresh within the Celtics’ minds, but they’ve taken the offseason as a much-needed break.
“You sort of figure when and when to not be too enthusiastic about it, play it and keep yourself calm. It was quite a lot of aspects that we’ve learned individually and as a gaggle from this … it’s tough to should learn the hard way … it’s still fresh for us, so guys are really just attempting to wait, but once we do start talking, we’ll get that on the market, but immediately we’re just giving ourselves a break,” Smart explained.
Smart isn’t the one Celtics player to make a press release in regards to the Finals this summer, though. Grant Williams also commented on the loss, but his thoughts were more controversial.
Williams: ‘They Weren’t the Higher Team’
During an appearance on The Long Shot Podcast with Duncan Robinson and Davis Reid, Williams said that, to today, he doesn’t think the Warriors were the higher team within the Finals.
“After I’ve reflected and looked back to those games, I still would say confidently – confidently – to today, they weren’t the higher team. I might say they were the more disciplined team,” Williams explained to Robinson and Reid.
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So, while Smart’s comments were more in regards to the Celtics’ internal development and skill to learn, Williams decided to call out Golden State. Each are interesting perspectives to notice.
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