Boston Celtics

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 21: Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics reacts after a play in the third quarter against the Miami Heat in Game Three of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 21, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • When the Celtics were at their low-point this season – three games under .500 and out of a playoff spot in January – a lot of ideas were thrown around as to how to fix the team. One of the more extreme options that gained some traction was the idea of splitting up the duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

    As the Celtics turned their season around, that take became a popular callback for those who wanted to remind people just how far the team had come. Fast forward to them clinching a spot in the NBA Finals, and that narrative came back once again.

    After the final horn sounded in Sunday night’s 100-96 Game 7 win, Tatum and Brown shared a moment on the court. Tatum can be seen saying to Brown, “they said we couldn’t play together.”

  • That wasn’t the only instance where the take was revisited. Marcus Smart – who was also floated as a trade candidate at times – posted a tweet with Tatum and Brown after the game reading ‘Some said a split. We said a family. 4 more to go.”

  • The Celtics will need to keep that team-centric mentality as they head into the NBA Finals and take on the Golden State Warriors. Not only are the Warriors incredibly talented individually, but they mesh incredibly well as a unit. Will Tatum, Brown, and Smart continue to prove that they can do the same? That series begins on Thursday, with pregame coverage beginning at 8:30 p.m. on 98.5 The Sports Hub and the Celtics Radio Network.