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Among the Celtics’ high gamers had a gathering concerning the crew’s beginning 5 final week, in response to Souichi Terada of MassLive.
With the additions of Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Vacation, the Celtics have six gamers that they take into account to be starters. Vacation, Porzingis, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Derrick White, and Al Horford.
“Us six went collectively and talked about it,” Vacation stated. “And truthfully, it’s about what we are able to do for the crew. Regardless of who begins, regardless of who finishes, all of us need to win. We’re all on the identical web page. So when it comes all the way down to it, profitable is our solely choice and the one factor we actually need to do.”
Throughout the preseason, Tatum stated that each one the gamers, together with him, are going to must sacrifice and spend a while on the bench.
On Thursday, White joked that he voted for Tatum to come back off the bench.
Tatum quoted a tweet from Brian Robb of MassLive about White’s feedback.
“Instructed them 1 sport this season I’m coming off the bench,” Tatum tweeted.
Tatum, who has been an All-NBA First-Group choice the previous two years, hasn’t come off the bench typically lately. He turned the primary Celtic to common greater than 30 factors per sport for a whole season final yr. He’s broadly thought of to be one of many premier gamers within the NBA.
However, with the intention to drill his level residence, Tatum appears prepared to come back off the bench sooner or later this season.
Tatum, Brown, Porzingis, White and Vacation began the Celtics’ season opening win in opposition to the Knicks at Madison Sq. Backyard Wednesday evening. Al Horford got here off the bench.
“Al’s a cultural warrior for us,” Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla stated. “So for a man of his stature, what he’s executed on this league, what he’s executed for our crew, to be prepared to do this for our crew is essential and I’m grateful for that and for him. On the identical time, it’s not nearly him. I feel that’s the thought of this entire offseason. This preseason beginning factor is like, yeah, Al’s making the preliminary sacrifice, however everybody’s gonna must.”
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