Jayson Tatum recognizes the occult while the Celtics want him the most

Jayson Tatum is no longer 19 years old. He is 24 years old, and has already met in the NBA playoff games of the Boston Celtics, but no one is as well known as Friday who played with his season on the line.

The Celtics fell sharply in Game 5, hitting 14 points with 10 minutes left to defend the Milwaukee Bucks 3-2 in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Not only did the winning season appear before them, but the legitimate chance of winning the race was lost. Boston faced the threat of the NBA – the game to knock Giannis Antetokounmpo out of Milwaukee.

TD Garden was silent. The Celtics workers were black. “We gave,” said Jaylen Brown, who came out of the empty court Wednesday. They added their coach, Ime Udoka: “We left the golden opportunity.”

Tatum acted wisely. He was able to realize that the questions asked at his previous meeting on the game were to admit defeat, even a smile sometimes, before reassuring Boston, “Series is not over.”

“I can come here and get out, be sad, and I’m sure there could be a big issue of how we won, and I don’t believe it,” he said. “You can’t change what happened. It stinks, of course, but it’s 3-2, and it’s the first one to four. There’s no reason to be sad … because it won’t do anything in the next game. Have hope and trust yourself, trust the team, that we can win this game on Friday. “

As a result, he did so, forcing all his energy on the 108-95 victory in Game 7 in Boston on Sunday.

“This was our season on the line,” Tatum said. “Put it all down. That’s the attitude I have – the attitude we all have – so I wouldn’t have to worry. I was just trying to do what was needed.”

Tatum’s first 3-pointer came less than three minutes into Game 6. His second gave the Celtics 15-6 lead 66 seconds later. Boston led Friday night for all except 3:42 in the first quarter, when Antetokounmpo made it clear he could not make the Celtics’ job easier than impossible. But Tatum answered every phone call.

“That’s why they get paid a lot of money,” Celtics teammate Marcus Smart told reporters. “That’s, right away, for minutes like that. I was telling him the whole game, ‘Just be you, man,’ and he was.”

He started 4 for 4 from the 3-point range. He made several trips across Jrue Holiday, to Brook Lopez and through the Bucks anyone who dared to defend him. He had 18 and a half points, resembling an Antetokounmpo bucket. Tatum added 12 in the third half, the last two to score 23 minutes in the big eyes of Bobby Portis and gave Boston an 82-68 edge in the final seconds of the third.

Tatum opened his wallet, removed the contents and gave Milwaukee everything he had.

Boston Celtics midfielder Jayson Tatum scored 46 points in the playoffs for 6 games against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals. (Stacy Revere / Getty Photos)

“I was happy to play today,” he said. “This is a great moment for all of us, for me and the team, how we can respond. Losing Game 5 makes us or confuses us, and I think we have shown courage and growth, come out. Here I am on the road and giving myself a chance.”

But this was Antetokounmpo’s house, and he tried to tell his guests that he was no longer welcome. The ruling Finals MVP had 32 points of its own across three divisions. He had his 40 for the first four innings, while the 3-pointer outscored Boston who had 18-points to 85-81. It was a reminder of his 3 that turned Milwaukee back in the fourth quarter in Game 5 and secured the 50-point Game 6 that closed the Phoenix Suns in the Finals 2021, until his closest night from a free throw. line.

At the same time, Tatum tackled Antetokounmpo’s challenges and improved. He scored Boston’s next 10 points, half delivered by competing jumper when the clock ran out, pushing forward 95-87. Milwaukee could not get off the mat. Tatum’s four straight shots led to 13 within two minutes and gave him 46 points overnight. The Bucks threw in the towel and pulled out their starters.

“You have to give him a reputation,” Antetokounmpo said. He played incredibly well.

Wilt Chamberlain alone scored the most points in a series of high-scoring victories after the first leg before turning 25. Chamberlain scored 50 points against Bill Russell’s Celtics in Game 5 of the 1960 Eastern Conference finals. He did not match the effort in the loss of Game 6 two days later. This is part of the Tatum in Game 7 against the Antetokounmpo Bucks on Sunday. Head-scratching and size are waiting for the other side.

And Tatum is taking his same encouraging ideas to Boston.

“I’m waiting, yes,” he said 36 hours to let us know. “Just winning the game and giving myself a chance to come back, this is it. It does or dies, and it will be fun. This should be fun. It’s basketball. Great times, great stage, and when it’s hot. Down, I just go there and have fun.”

Tatum went on a rampage with LeBron James as a rookie in Game 7 of the 2018 Eastern Conference finals. He scored 50 points against Kevin Durant in last season’s playoffs and swept his Brooklyn Nets this year. And they just beat Giannis Antetokounmpo in a roadblock. He has given the three biggest players of their generation all they can afford. Jayson Tatum is no longer 19 years old. He is an NBA champion.


Ben Rohrbach is the secretary of Yahoo Sports. Do you have a representative? Email rohrbach_ben@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @brohrbach

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