The Boston Celtics has forced a Game 7 against the Milwaukee Bucks as Jayson Tatum commits murder on the court on Friday the 13th rivaling the type of game LeBron James had against the C’s back in 2012 in a similar Game 6 career-defining moment.
In fact, this Game 7 matchup at TD Garden on Sunday that will feature a defending champion in Giannis Antetokounmpo and a rising star in Tatum who put together a performance in Game 6 that may have stamped his ticket into the club of superstardom.
Jayson Tatum slays the Milwaukee Bucks to keep the Boston Celtics alive
In his team’s 108-95 win over the Bucks, Tatum led all scorers with a 46-point performance that not only kept the Celtics alive in this second-round matchup but put his team in a great position to knock off the defending champs at TD Garden on Sunday.
If he puts on the kind of performance he did Friday night, the Celtics will not only advance, but the NBA world will be looking at Jayson Tatum as top 5 level player in this league. He already has fellow stars thinking that way:
When Tatum is at his best, like he was in Game 6, he is out of this world, especially when he starts games off hot from beyond the stripe like Friday night when he knocked down his first four 3-point attempts.
Jayson Tatum put the Boston Celtics on his shoulders and thrived
But to start the game, it wasn’t all Tatum. His supporting cast led by Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart started the game off hot as well, but when it was all said and done, Tatum put his team on his back and made sure his team wasn’t going home for the summer.
Notice the references to “his team.”. Yes, what Tatum proved is that he can be an unstoppable force that can be a nightmare for opposing defenses as evident by this one play in the game that showcased a man who refused to go down:
"“Knowing that if we lost, our season would be over with. I was excited to play Game 6,” Tatum said following the game, via NBC Sports Boston. “This was a big moment for all of us. For the team and myself for how we would respond.”"
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After a Game 5 meltdown, Celtics fans and the NBA world was watching to see how Tatum and Brown responded, particularly Tatum who can take over a game, any game, on his own. As Giannis scored 44 points of his own, the Boston Celtics needed every bit of Tatum as they will in Game 7.
To really shine and turn Game 6 into his shining moment as LeBron James did during his confirmation into superstardom, the Celtics will need to win Game 7 and advance.
But, even if they don’t, Tatum and his teammates showed how they can respond with their backs against the wall. Now it’s time for the young superstar to show what kind of closer he is. If he takes out Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo back-to-back series, watch out league.