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Celtics PRIDE podcast: Jayson Tatum vs. Bradley Beal and the benefits of playoff experience for a young team

Without Jaylen Brown, this is Tatum’s opportunity to make a mark for himself as a leader.

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The Celtics PRIDE guys discuss the play-in game matchup with the Wizards including some interesting takes about Russell Westbrook’s passing and decision-making, and whether the injury to Bradley Beal’s leg will hamstring his game when the ball tips up. Can the Celtics beat the Wizards without Jaylen Brown if they have a full-strength Beal? Do they even want to and then face the Brooklyn Nets in the first round?

Tune in for every scenario and how we could be seeing not just the Wizards in the near future, but potentially the Hornets, the Pacers, the Sixers, and who we’d rather see. Find out who the Celtics play if they win, if they lose, and how to weigh the pros and cons of the next 72 hours of play-in mania.

The Pride Guys then discuss the somewhat skewed opinions shared by some Celtics fans about the benefits of missing the playoffs, and whether getting past the play-in games and making the playoffs is good development or potentially bad development.

Mike reminds us of how getting demolished in a playoff series was not the best thing for Paul Pierce’s career back in 2005 when they lost to Indiana, and the backlash that Paul Pierce took for that all summer. Coach Josh vehemently disagrees and recounts all the benefits of playoff experience, especially when the team is young, like this year’s Celtics. Then the former coach goes in on how this is a potentially huge postseason form Jayson Tatum as he tries to prove his doubters, detractors and haters who say he’s soft and question his ability to lead a team without Jaylen Brown next to him.

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