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Clippers’ Doc Rivers expects Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown to be ‘much better’ after rocky 2018-19 season

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For LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, the Boston CelticsJayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will be better in the upcoming season after their rocky 2018-19 campaign.

Per Jay King of The Athletic, Rivers pointed out that last year’s subpar season amid high-expectations will aid them in the coming years. They didn’t necessarily meet these expectations but Rivers believes that Tatum and Brown will learn so much from this experience.

“The assumption of winning is a dangerous thing. … That experience will be invaluable for them. You’ll see Tatum and Brown and those guys — they’ll be much better because of it.”

To recall, the Celtics squad were tagged as one of the top contenders in the East ahead of the 2018-19 season. Yet as the year progressed, seeming lack of chemistry showed in their on-court performance. They finished fourth in the East with a decent 49-33 record. Come playoff time, they were booted out in the Conference Semis in just five games.

Given their projected upside vis-a-vis their mediocre performance, the 2018-19 season was tagged as a failed campaign. But as Rivers said, they cannot completely ignore last season as it can be a source of learnings. They may have lost Kyrie Irving but they gained Kemba Walker. Al Horford may have walked out the door but they now have Enes Kanter. More importantly, Tatum and Brown are still there with lots to learn and plenty to prove.