Sometimes you forget what you are looking at in Jayson Tatum, a sinewy 6-foot-8, 205-pound forward with a scorer’s touch. You forget that he’s 20, a year removed from playing in the NCAA tournament, two years from high school, when he was a math-taking student with a pair of Air Jordans — or whatever the kids are wearing these days — and a dream. You forget, because Tatum makes it easy to.
BOSTON – When you look at what has been the driving force behind the Boston Celtics' success this season, it begins and ends with youth. So in the most important game of the season, it was only fitting that the Celtics found themselves being led by 20
LeBron James is tired. The young Boston Celtics seem to be getting stronger. Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points – his ninth 20-point game of the postseason – and Boston beat Cleveland 96-83 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.
LeBron James and a couple Cavaliers teammates left the court well before the Celtics dribbled out their 96-83 Game 5 win Wednesday. The Cavs are already moving on. Game 6 will be Friday in Cleveland, and the Cavaliers – down 3-2 in the Eastern Conference finals – must win to avoid elimination.
Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Jaylen Brown added 17 points, Al Horford had 15 points and 12 boards and both Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart scored 13 for Boston. The Celtics have earned all three of their wins this series at home, where they are 10-0 in the playoffs.
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston's 96-83 Game 5 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jayson Tatum: Once again Jayson Tatum delivered one of those "I can't believe he's a rookie!" performances for the Celtics. In addition to scoring a team-high 24 points, Tatum also had seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocked shots – the only rookie in the last 55 postseasons to register that many rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots in a playoff game.
LeBron James is tired. The young Boston Celtics seem to be getting stronger. Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points — his ninth 20-point game of the postseason — and Boston beat Cleveland 96-83 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.
Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said the team was "thrown for a loop" after the Celtics choose not to play Semi Ojeleye in the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night. The Cavs lost 96–83, and Boston now leads the series 3–2. After the game, a reporter asked Lue if something was "out of whack" with his rotation.
Jayson Tatum has come a loooooooong way since that follow-back request, man. The 20-year-old forward turned in the most impressive game of what’s been a tremendous first run through the NBA playoffs, scoring 24 points with seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks to lead the Boston Celtics to a 96-83 win over LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 on Wednesday. All-Star center Al Horford added 15 points with 12 rebounds, muscling his way through the defense of Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love to get to the basket and delivering the dagger on a pick-and-pop 3-pointer from the top of the key that put Boston up by 17 with 3:53 to go, as the C’s remained perfect at home in the 2018 postseason, moving to 10-0 at TD Garden.
Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals