After their defeat in the NBA Finals series on Thursday, Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka reassured his young team that the pain would subside and a brighter day ahead.
The Celtics lost 103-90 to the Golden State Warriors and lost the best-of-seven series 4-2, and Vodoka said there was no relief from the pain.
“It’s going to hurt. It’s going to hurt for a while,” Udoka said when asked what his message was to his squad.
“It was part of the message. Let it go. Experience. Reaching your ultimate goal and getting a few games short is going to hurt.”
“The biggest message was, learn from it, grow from it, take this experience and see that you have to reach another level.”
The Celtics had youth, size and athleticism but the experienced Warriors, who have won their fourth title in eight years, kept their nerves in the biggest moment of the series by winning the last three games.
“A team like Golden State who was there did it. It was clear in many ways.
“Players, don’t come back like the coaching staff. Let it fuel you throughout next year’s offseason. “
The Celtics started the season 18-22 but clicked in gear when Jason Tatum and Jillian Brown got their rhythm and their change became the best in the league for a second pick at the Defense Eastern Conference.
After a strong start on Thursday, the Celtics’ Achilles heel re-emerged, with 23 turnovers taking the wind out of their sails. They also gave the Warriors 15 offensive rebounds.
“We went through hell to get here,” said guard Marcus Smart.
“We didn’t play our best basketball, our best series. This is probably our worst series.
“But we are young and what we have done to get here has shown us what we need to do in the future. I think that’s why we’re so confident about the future. “
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