Jayson Tatum Drops 46 Points to Underline Obvious Quality and Boundless Potential
The Boston Celtics have a real gem in the shape of Jayson Taytum, a player of real potential who is not only capable of making a real impact in the now but is sure to be a force to be reckoned with in the NBA for some years to come.
The 24-year-old St. Louis born youngster put in a masterclass display in game six of the Boston Celtics’ clash with the Milwaukee Bucks series, grabbing 46 points to force a finale that saw Ime Udoka’s side clinch a memorable victory to keep up their push for a first NBA title since 2008.
At the beginning of the season, it’s unlikely that the NBA lines would have indicated a deep run long into the postseason for the Celtics, but they are now set to face off against the Miami Heat in the Conference finals and are very much on a high right now, and Tatum has proven crucial to their strong season thus far.
Tatum is into his fifth season in the NBA and has been named in the All-Star game in each of the past three seasons, and continues to make an imprint on the fabric of the game. The Celtics showed great courage to fight back from 3-2 to defeat the reigning NBA Champions, and in the series, they saw a young player mature into a phenomenon.
The epic series saw the Bucks dulled by Boston, and Milwaukee’s star turn, Giannis Antetokounmpo was full of praise for Tatum after their defeat;
“It hurts not to win,”
“They’re a great team. I got to wish Tatum and his team the best going forward. He played great and was able to win the series. I wished him the best of luck to continue playing great and lead his team to, hopefully, a championship. They’re a great team. They have great chemistry. I told him that. I gave him my respect, and he gave me his respect back.”
This is the fifth season in a row that Tatum has helped the Celtics through the arduous regular season to the playoffs, and fans of Boston will hope that they can keep up their run and make a real impact and end their title drought.
The key to such hopes is whether Tatum gets the able support he needs to get the Celtics to the NBA finals and to that long-awaited Championship.
In game seven, young talent Grant Williams stepped up to top-score with 27 points, and the experienced Dominican Republic star Al Horford continues to be a rebounding machine, and they are sure to give the Miami Heat a real game in the Conference finals.
Success in this encounter will lead the winner to take on either the Dallas Mavericks or the Golden State Warriors, and the victor in the Western Conference final will be the big favorite to complete the season with the Championship spoils.
Tatum and his teammates will hope to upset the odds and take the title, and we wouldn’t bet against such an upset occurring.