CHAMPIONSHIP GREEN

The Year the Boston Celtics Did Not Disappoint Fans

And why was this year different?

Jill Ebstein
Beyond the Scoreboard
5 min readJun 19, 2024

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green Boston Celtics cap
By Ric man at English Wikipedia

I tip my cap to the Boston Celtics, who won the 2024 NBA championship final last night.

The cap is green, which is the Celtics' color, but this year, I don’t bleed green with envy at a lost opportunity. That would be 2023 when Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat soundly defeated the Celtics in Game 7 by a 103–84 score to send the team packing.

So the question for any Celtics fan is, “What was different about this year?”

I am no Stephen A. Smith, a favorite sports pundit of many, but as a casual observer (well, not that casual), the reason this year is different is due to three reasons.

1. Failure taught them something

The team was carrying a monkey on its back all season long for having fallen so short of expectations. Jaylen Brown says the feeling of failure fueled him and made him work harder during the offseason.

Brown’s words, shortly after their victory last night, said it all:

“I think we learned from all of our mistakes. All of our adversity has made us stronger, tougher. All season, you could see it. We started from the jump.”

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Jill Ebstein
Beyond the Scoreboard

I’m about dogs, our lovable and peculiar families, business, and writing in a wide lane, including fiction. I’m a positivity washer too. www.jillebstein.com