Game 5 takeaways: Boston Celtics clinch Banner 18 after blowing Mavs out 106-88, Jaylen Brown named Finals MVP

The Boston Celtics complete the journey to their 18th franchise championship.
2024 NBA Finals - Game Five
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No. 1: Jaylen Brown wins Finals MVP deservingly

There will be a great amount of negative discourse trying to come between the electric duo of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Both players had an amazing series and each were every bit deserving of attaining the Bill Russell trophy. Brown finished the series averaging 20.8 points, 5.4 assists, and five rebounds with 1.6 steals and a block per game on 44% shooting from the field. Meanwhile, Tatum posts averages of 22.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 7.2 assists on 39% shooting. Each player had valid arguments for taking home the crown, but all that matters is the Larry O'Brien trophy is back in Beantown.

This was a team-wide effort and in the next few days media discourse may try to cause division in the fans with the question of who the best player on the Celtics is right now. The answer is they have two top 10 caliber players which is an insane luxury in the NBA. The big reason JB gets the MVP of the series is the combination of his defense which has been elite on Luka Doncic and at times on Kyrie Irving, and his vocal leadership.

No. 2: The defense was on a string in Game 5

Last game there was little to no engagement defensively from the Celtics. Tonight from the start was a wholehearted effort to have consistent rotations defensively and not allow the Mavs room to breathe offensively.

The combination of defensive guards like Derrick White and Jrue Holiday held Kyrie Irving to 31% shooting on the night and kept him to his word of bringing the Boston Celtics a championship. It was a group effort to throw Luka Doncic off his game and one for seven from three and seven turnovers will not win you ball games.

No. 3: This may be the makings of a dynasty in Boston

Joe Mazzulla coached a great series and is a class act through and through. I want to shout out to the architect behind the machine in Celtics' President of Basketball Operations, Brad Stevens. Barring news that Al Horford does not retire, the Cs have the awesome chance to run it back with the same core. All of the Cs players are locked up through next season.

The Boston Celtics have the best top-eight rotation in the NBA. All led by the brilliance of two superstars Tatum and Brown. They have the best defensive backcourt arguably in NBA history in Holiday and White. They have a unicorn in Kristaps Porzingis who is a top-25 player when healthy. Al Horford is their sixth man and is set to be a Hall of Famer with the added ring to his accolades. The king of halfcourt shots in Payton Pritchard and Sam Hauser who is turning into one of the better 3 and D guys in the league.

The reality is veterans looking to win now will be willing to take scraps in their next contract for the chance to play in June.