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Jayson Tatum has a roller coaster ride of performances all playoffs long, but Ime Udoka has been a motivating voice for him out there whatever the situations are. 

Following the series-tying win against the Miami Heat on Monday, Tatum discussed his great working relationship with Udoka and what has been transpiring for them throughout this exciting year. 

“I think just building relationships throughout the season,” Tatum on what he commends about Udoka, per Bobby Krivitsky of Sports Illustrated. “The ups and downs we had brought us a lot closer, and just grinding it out … Making sure everyone believes in our group, and just get ready for the next one.” 

After getting the keys of head coaching from Brad Stevens in the last offseason, Udoka has been a tremendous first-year mentor for the title-contending Celtics. The ball club might have endured an early to mid-season struggles this 2021-2022, but he took his time and unlocked its true championship identity under his leadership and elite defensive mind. 

The Cs are now in a 2-2 deadlock with the Heat in this Eastern Conference Finals. As such, Udoka can only hope that this is finally the year that they’ve been waiting for to raise that elusive 18th banner in the franchise’s historic rafters.