Again, the best of Boston Celtics. If we talk about players who improve day by day it is impossible to leave out of the list to Jayson Tatum, which with 22 years confirms a stellar last months that place him among the elite of the competition. In Game 5 before Miami Heat signed 31 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
He did, yes, with a lesser success than on other nights: he barely made 8 of his 22 attempts with a 3 of 10 from the triple. It was by far the day that he was most aggressive towards the rim, forcing 14 free throws, of which he made 12. He completed the stat with 1 steal and 2 losses.
With this performance they are five games in which Tatum has recorded more than 30 points, the highest number for a Celtic in the postseason since Kevin McHale in 1988 (5 times too). The forward’s only accurate fourth, the third, in which Boston took control of the duel, is his best in the Playoffs: a personal record for points in a quarter with 17.
Tatum’s level is irrepressible in this 2020. He debuted as an All-Star, he shone in February and after the stoppage he continues to play like the star that he is. In Playoffs he increases his benefits and in the last 7 games he averages 27.6 points, 11.1 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks in 43.4 minutes.
Again he had the great contribution of Jaylen Brown, perfectly installed as his squire. Jaylen went to 28 points and 8 rebounds with sensational minutes. What’s more, they alternated control of the offensive in sections. When one was not fine, the other responded.
The Duke-trained player also achieved another record by exceed 900 points in Playoffs before turning 23 years old. On this list there are only two names outside of Jayson: Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, a couple of historical height for Tatum to look in the mirror.
The 31 points of # 0 deserve to be reviewed. It is true, it was not his best night with the shot, but he appeared to destroy when a star was needed.
The great game of these two
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Rounding Tatum’s figures in the current Playoffs averages 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists, that if their figures are once their adventure concludes -either in the East Finals or Finals- would be the youngest player with these records in the history of the Playoffs. A list in which he would be the 25th player next to names like Charles Barkley, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or LeBron James.
Boston managed to make it 3-2 and due to the current format and Disney conditions, a potential Game 7 is closer than in a normal situation. The Celtics and Heat will play it all on Sunday night, en route to force Game 7 or sentence the Florida team to the Finals.
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