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Like it or not, moving on from the Jay Team pairing IS an option

 A recent article by CBS Sports' Brad Botkin presents as good an argument for maybe splitting up the Jayson Tatum-Jaylen brown wing pairing. Here is a portion of that stance:



It is, perhaps, a fitting microcosm for a duo that looks so good on paper but is starting to stagnate in practice. It feels like the Celtics should be good, but they just aren't. And they haven't been for a while now. No organization wants to pull the plug on a plan in which it has invested just about everything, but we've seen multiple star duos run their course. 

The Raptors eventually conceded that Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan had topped out. Washington came to the same conclusion with John Wall and Bradley Beal. Portland is probably headed for a splitting of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

With the season close to half-done, the Celtics are in 10th place in the East. Tatum and Brown look terrific on paper - often brilliant on the court individually - but the losses keep piling up in a city that is far-from-accustomed to mediocrity in their pro teams. Newly-anointed Celtics boss, Brad Stevens, would be remiss in his duties if he tossed aside this option without giving it a serious look.

There are no rewards in the NBA for mediocrity. No high draft picks and no serious Title contention. The Celtics are tied with the Lakers for most Championships, with each team having 17. LA stands in 7th place in the West, so the race is on to see which team fights its way out of the mire and seriously contends for Banner #18. 

Jayson and Jaylen are presently so good, we may be close to seeing them at their best. But that alone doesn't bring Titles. Decision time for Brad Stevens. 

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