Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are the two leaders of the Celtics. Earlier this season Boston was struggling, causing talks about whether the two players can play together and be successful. It even led to calls for Brown to be traded.

According to Tatum, him and his teammate are extremely competitive which made them closer during the difficult times as they wanted to find a way to make it work.

“It’s just two young extremely competitive guys that just really want to win at all cost,” the 24-year-old forward said. “That made us closer in a sense that we just wanted to figure it out. Not necessarily prove people wrong, but just prove that we can win and put ourselves in a position to do that.

“It was tough. At certain times were 3 games below .500 and 11th seed. I’m sure not many people would have thought we would have gotten to this point. There was always a sense of belief between us and the group that we were capable of figuring it out.”