Tatum: Celtics' dominance means nothing if we don't win title
The Boston Celtics have just one goal in mind.
Despite getting off to a blazing 21-5 start, superstar Jayson Tatum says the defending Eastern Conference champions only care about winning a championship.
"None of this means anything if we don't hang a banner," Tatum said after Boston's 125-98 win over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night, according to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe.
Boston closed the 2021-22 campaign on a similar pace, leading the league in net rating while winning 26 of its final 32 games. The Celtics also had a league-best 122.6 offensive rating after last season's All-Star break.
Boston went on to make the NBA Finals but lost 4-2 to the Golden State Warriors. Tatum struggled in The Finals, averaging 21.5 points on just 36.7% shooting.
The star has bounced back in a big way this season. He's on pace for career-best marks in both scoring (30.5 points) and shooting (48%).
Additionally, the Celtics have gotten key contributions from several role players. Derrick White, new addition Malcolm Brogdon, Al Horford, and Grant Williams are all shooting career-best rates from distance, which has helped Boston record the league's best 3-point percentage (40%).
Center Robert Williams, one of Boston's best defensive players, still has yet to play this season after undergoing knee surgery.
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