Jaylen Brown hailed coach Ime Udoka after Boston Celtics overcame Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday to set up an Eastern Conference Finals meeting with Miami Heat.
(This article was originally published on 16.05.2022)
The Celtics can be backed at 20/33 to win the series and Miami are priced at 29/20.
Boston found themselves 3-2 behind after five games against defending champions Milwaukee, but they responded with back-to-back wins to secure a 4-3 series win.
The Celtics blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter of the fifth meeting in what could have been a demoralising loss, but Brown says coach Udoka's confidence ensured the team never lost their belief.
"His level of poise, his level of confidence never changed," said Brown, as reported by The Sporting News.
"You could tell looking in his eyes that we were going to win this series, just needed to handle our business. Sometimes we get into those moments, get away from everything and make over-adjustments. He didn't."
The Celtics produced a dominant performance in Game 7 against the Bucks on Sunday as they claimed a 109-81 win at TD Garden.
Milwaukee held a six-point lead at the end of the first quarter, but Boston outscored them by double digits in each of the next three quarters to record a huge win.
Boston have reached the Conference Finals for the fourth time in the last six years but they haven't been involved in the NBA Finals since 2010 and their last championship came two years earlier.
Miami beat the Celtics in six games when these two teams contested the conference finals in 2020 and Brown expects another stern test against the top seeds, but the guard is confident his team can win the best-of-seven series.
"This time around we have the poise to get it done," Brown added. "But Miami is a really tough team, a team full of dogs. They're gonna be ready, but so are we."