Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.
The Celtics remained perfect in Boston this postseason with their 10th straight victory at home and moved within one win of their first trip to the NBA Finals since 2010.
Tatum added seven rebounds, four assists and four steals one day after finishing one vote shy of a unanimous selection to the NBA’s All-Rookie team. Jaylen Brown scored 17, and Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart each scored 13 as reserves.
“I’m not going to talk about the people who aren’t here,” Belichick said during a Tuesday press conference. “The guys who are here are improving, working hard. That’s who we’re going to focus on.”
Tight lipped as always, Belichick failed to go into detail on tight end Rob Gronkowski’s situation (also absent from OTAs), and he even shunned a question on the team’s rookies.
While Belichick didn’t off up too much, he did hint at how important he views OTAs in general.
“It’s always good to get back on the field and be working with everybody in Phase 3,” Belichick said. “We were able to do a little bit in Phase 2 against air, get some teaching and instruction, but this is much better. It’ll progress faster and just do more with our team, starting yesterday and for the next couple weeks. It’s always good to get to that point. We have a lot of new players on our team.”