February 22, 2024
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Jayson Tatum helped push the Boston Celtics to the highest of the Jap Convention because the NBA handed the midway level of the 2023-2024 season.

Tatum is placing collectively one other strong season within the inexperienced and white. Earlier than Monday evening’s sport towards the Dallas Mavericks, he was averaging 26.7 factors, 7.4 rebounds and eight.3 assists per sport in 40 video games.


Lu Dort (5) of the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder drives previous Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics in the course of the first quarter at Paycom Middle on Jan. 3, 2023, in Oklahoma Metropolis. (Ian Maule/Getty Photos)

On most nights, Tatum is normally stuffing the scoresheet with not less than 20 factors. It’s a really uncommon prevalence that he scores wherever beneath that mark and even rarer to attain fewer than 10 factors. There may be not less than one participant he talked about to Fox Information Digital that offers him a headache defensively.

“There’s loads of actually good defenders within the league. I feel Lu Dort from OKC,” Tatum stated in a current interview. “He’s a extremely, actually strong defender. He’s received good dimension. Not the tallest, however very sturdy, low to the bottom, so he can type of get underneath you.”


Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics says Lu Dort (not proven) from Oklahoma Metropolis is a troublesome defender. (Winslow Townson/Getty Photos/File)

“He’s simply very strong, he doesn’t actually go for lots of fakes,” Tatum continued. “He doesn’t actually go for pump fakes or issues like that. He’s not likely someone you possibly can play with the ball in entrance of you. You bought to be fast and decisive, get to your spot and simply increase up.”

The Thunder ahead is averaging 0.9 steals and 0.8 blocks per sport and has 1.3 defensive win shares, in line with Basketball Reference.

Tatum is more likely to earn his fifth All-Star Sport choice due to his prowess on the courtroom this season.

The Celtics guard teamed up with Ruffles and Las Vegas Aces star A’ja Wilson to launch “Ridgeline Unlocks” and convey two followers to the All-Star sport in Indianapolis. The 2 followers will have the ability to take a shot from the four-point line earlier than the Ruffles NBA All-Star Movie star Sport subsequent month.

Jayson Tatum on the ground

Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum (Erin Clark/The Boston Globe through Getty Photos)


Tatum stated he’s anticipating it to be a “particular” weekend because the All-Star Saturday evening is ready to happen at Lucas Oil Stadium whereas the sport itself is ready for Gainbridge Fieldhouse.