2021-22 Celtics season: Ime Udoka, players describe wild ride to NBA Finals

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2021-22 Celtics season: Udoka, players describe wild ride to NBA Finals originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The 2021-22 Boston Celtics were one of the most unpredictable teams in recent NBA history.

The Celtics started out 0-2, and it didn't get much better over the next couple months. Rock bottom came on Jan. 6 when R.J. Barrett hit a shot at the buzzer to give the New York Knicks a comeback win over the C's. Boston fell to 18-21 with the defeat. The Celtics were outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture in mid-January.

But then the season began to turn around.

The Celtics won seven of their next 10 games. They began a nine-game win streak on Jan. 29 and never looked back. Boston closed the season with a 26-6 record and rose nine spots in the standings to secure the No. 2 seed in the playoffs.

After a stunning sweep of the Brooklyn Nets in the first round, the Celtics eliminated the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks despite at one point trailing 3-2 in the series. Jayson Tatum scored 46 points in Game 6 in Milwaukee while facing elimination.

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The Eastern Conference Finals went the distance, too, with the Celtics securing their first NBA Finals berth since 2010 with a Game 7 win over the Miami Heat on the road.

The Celtics' remarkable journey ended in the NBA Finals. Despite taking 1-0 and 2-1 series leads, the Golden State Warriors prevailed for their fourth title in eight years. The Warriors closed out the series with three consecutive victories, including wins in Boston in Game 4 and Game 6.

Take a trip back through an exiting and wild Celtics season with the video below as the players recap the ups and downs in their own words.

The 2021-22 Celtics Season: In Their Own Words