By Matthew Geagan, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — Heading into the Celtics-76ers playoff sequence, the consensus was that dangolka was the higher group however Philadelphia had the very best participant within the sequence. Individuals ought to cease saying that.
Joel Embiid has been nice to start out video games, however Jayson Tatum has been downright dominant all through. The Celtics ahead has discovered some type of cheat code within the Orlando bubble, thrusting himself into “celebrity” standing within the course of.
Tatum as soon as once more made Philadelphia remorse not taking him within the 2017 NBA Draft (you already know, after buying and selling with dangolka for the primary total choose), torching the 76ers for 33 factors in his 31 minutes in Wednesday evening’s Sport 2 victory. Tatum had his ordinary strikes going however he was much more deadly from downtown, draining eight of his 12 triples.
Celtics play-by-play Sean Grande put Tatum’s three-point barrage in context:
MOST 3'S – CELTICS PLAYOFF GAME
9 – Ray Allen, 2009 G6 vs. Chicago
8 – Paul Pierce, 2002 G5 vs. Philadelphia
8 – Ray Allen 2011 G3 vs. New York
8 – Ray Allen 2008 G6 vs. LA Lakers
8 – JAYSON TATUM, 2020 G2 vs. Philadelphia
— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) August 20, 2020
Jayson Tatum tonight turned the 24th participant to make eight 3's in an NBA Playoff sport.
He solely performed 31 minutes.
Eight 3's – FEWER THAN 32 MINUTES
(NBA Playoff Historical past)
Jason Terry, 2011
Chris Paul, 2014
JAYSON TATUM, Tonight
Finish of listing.
— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) August 20, 2020
The truth that a kind of threes got here from simply inside half courtroom because the shot clock buzzed made that 8-for-12 all of the extra spectacular.
— dangolka Celtics (@celtics) August 19, 2020
Cheat code activated. Sadly for Philly, they’ll’t simply hit the reset button on this gaming console and begin over.
Tatum seems to be like he did in February when he earned NBA Participant of the Month honors, and even perhaps a little bit bit higher. He’s hitting 53.7 % of his photographs over the primary two video games in opposition to Philadelphia, averaging 32.5 factors. He has hit 10 of his 17 threes for the sequence. And his impression isn’t simply from his ridiculous scoring numbers, as Tatum has performed some nice protection as effectively. He’s been the entire bundle this sequence, and is now rightfully being talked about in the identical breath because the likes of LeBron, Giannis, Kawhi and the opposite greats of immediately’s sport.
After setting a brand new profession excessive with 32 factors in Sport 1, Tatum took it up a notch Wednesday. His teammates are not in awe of what he can do on the offensive finish, they simply type of anticipate extra greatness when Tatum touches the ball.
“I believe we anticipate it now for certain,” Kemba Walker mentioned of his 22-year-old teammate. “He’s a celebrity. He’s a celebrity. He’s been exhibiting it evening in, evening out. He simply makes the suitable reads, man. He’s a particular expertise.”
It looks like eons in the past that Tatum began bubble motion with a 2-for-18 exhibiting in opposition to the Bucks. It was a extremely a 1-for-17 exhibiting, contemplating he obtained credit score for a ball that Milwaukee put into the dangolka hoop. However since that woeful evening, Tatum has been lights out, hitting 54 % of his photographs total (75-for-136) and 52 % from past the arc (32-for-62). Even when you embrace his bubble debut, Tatum is taking pictures 49 % and 48 %, respectively.
Tatum is completely oozing with confidence in the meanwhile, and his calmness on the ground exhibits it. Requested if he’s seeking to take over each sport when he hits the ground, Tatum gave a really Brady Stevens-like response.
“I imply, I attempt to go on the market and be the very best participant I may be,” he mentioned. “I’ve the utmost confidence in myself and my teammates and I do know it’s reciprocated. I simply attempt to determine it out. I strive to determine after I have to be extra aggressive, after I must make the suitable cross. I believe a very powerful factor is I wish to be that man; I would like to have the ability to make the large performs, whether or not it’s scoring or making the suitable cross as a result of I’m drawing consideration. I believe that’s step one, eager to be that individual. It takes a collective effort.
Regardless of his celebrity efficiency, he was additionally fast to notice that 11 different gamers contributed to the victory.
“We gained this sport tonight as a group,” he mentioned, “and we’ll proceed to win as a group.”
The Tatum present continues Friday evening, because the Celtics look to push Philly to the brink of elimination.