4 bold NBA Finals predictions for the Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics v Indiana Pacers - Game Four
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No. 3) Sam Hauser will have a huge bounceback series

Only Tatum hit more threes than Sam Hauser for the Celtics during the regular season. Hauser nailed 2.5 threes per game on a 42.4% clip. However, the sharpshooter has fallen off this postseason.

After averaging 9.0 points in the regular season, Hauser has only put up 4.4 points per contest on 38.6% shooting from the field and 33.3% shooting from three. He has only cracked double-digit points two times in these playoffs.

Despite his recent slump, Hauser knows he has the capability to cook from downtown in this series. He recently spoke to the Boston media about how watching his own highlights helps him stay confident in his shooting ability.

"Just trying to stay confident, maybe going back and looking at highlights where I'm on a heater ... Just to know that I'm still the same guy. It's just shots aren't going in sometimes. It happens to everybody in this game ... Shots are bound to start falling at some point."

Sam Hauser

Water usually find its level for long-range snipers like Hauser, and the undrafted Celtic might find his best form of the playoffs when it matters most. Hauser is due for an explosion off the bench. His last double-digit scoring night came in Game 5 of the first round when he torched the Miami Heat for 17 points and five 3-pointers.

If Tatum poses enough problems for Dallas’ perimeter defenders, he will garner tons of attention in this series. Players like Hauser should expect some open looks if Tatum alters the Mavericks defense the way he can. The same goes for Brown, who has greatly improved his ability to make reads out of double teams and collapsing paint defenders.

Buckle up for a get-right Hau3er series, Celtics fans.