In a contest that includes the Nets’ trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving, it was Celtics star Jayson Tatum who stood out as the perfect participant on the ground.
After struggling in Video games 1 and a pair of of Boston’s first-round sequence towards Brooklyn, Tatum exploded for 50 factors in Friday night time’s Recreation 3, guiding the Celtics to a 125-119 victory in entrance of an electrical TD Backyard crowd. The 23-year-old shot 16 of 30 from the sector, 5 of 11 from past the arc and 13 of 15 from the free throw line, including seven assists and 6 rebounds in 41 minutes.
Tatum turned the third-youngest participant in NBA historical past to attain 50 factors in a playoff recreation, with solely Rick Barry and Michael Jordan reaching that mark quicker than him. He additionally turned simply the sixth Celtics participant to hit that time whole within the postseason, becoming a member of John Havlicek (54), Isaiah Thomas (53), Ray Allen (51), Sam Jones (51) and Bob Cousy (50).
The outburst was a welcome sight for Boston after Tatum scored 31 factors mixed within the two losses at Barclays Middle and needed to go away Recreation 2 early with an eye fixed harm. Celtics coach Brad Stevens, not usually one for superlatives, had nothing however reward for Tatum.
“He is so superior for 23 years previous,” Stevens mentioned. “I’ve mentioned the phrase ‘particular.’ I do not say that fairly often, clearly. He simply has a novel capability to attain the ball, to slither via seams, to search out angles to attain. But in addition he is received the imaginative and prescient to make each proper learn. He was tremendous tonight, however he is been like that loads this 12 months. He is particular.”
As for Tatum’s self-evaluation, he mentioned it was simply merely “a kind of nights.” The Celtics will want a number of extra out of him in the event that they need to pull off an enormous upset towards the Nets.