A young star is born
In the fourth quarter of Game 7, Jayson Tatum unleashed a massive dunk on James to cut the lead within three. Immediately following the slam, Tatum got right in LeBron’s face to show that he won’t back down, even against someone who’s been in the league for fifteen years, and gave pointers to Tatum when he was just a kid. A couple of possessions later, Tatum splashed a huge three to put the Boston Celtics up by one.
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Remember, just eight months ago, LeBron generated a massive block on the rookie, welcoming him to professional basketball in the first game of the season. Tatum responded wth the game of his life, finishing with 24 points in 42 minutes. It looked like the Boston fans would once again push their squad over the top, thereby immortalizing this group within Boston sports lore. Tatum almost became a legend in his first year. Instead, King James was once again too much to handle.
This Boston team is extra special for me, as I personally was dealing with a couple of tragedies in my own life. The Celtics became an outlet for escaping my daily routine for two plus hours out of the day.
The resilience and toughness this team displayed for an entire season of adversity cannot be overlooked, and it sets a great example for people who are looking for inspiration. They played for the love of the game, and the city of Boston fed off of that intensity. They felt like our kids, and we were proud parents watching them grow up before our very eyes. I will miss watching them with my family and friends every other night, whether it be in my dorm room at college, or my grandparents house in Agawam, Massachusetts.
Luckily, most of them will be back next year. Brad Stevens will gear them up for another title run, this time with two of the best players in the league.