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Loving how Jayson Tatum performed in Game-1 of Finals

 I assume it would be difficult to be the "Latest Basketball Hero In Town" when the home team has seen the likes of Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, Dave Cowens, John Havlicek, Larry Bird, Paul Pierce, etc., etc., etc. Off nights for a star can come with flak. But Jayson Tatum is up to the task.

Tatum has matured and is one of the most-skilled Celtics to ever take to the parquet. But we will hear from some fans and analysts about his "quiet" performance in Game-1 of the Finals versus Dallas. His 16 points came in third place to Jaylen Brown (20) and Kristaps Porzingis (20) , he was 6-of-16 from the field and had six turnovers.

But Jayson was team-high in rebounds (11) and came in a close second to Jrue Holiday in plus/minus (+19). And he tied the backcourt duo of Holiday and Derrick White with five boards.

Granted, this was not a Tatum win. It was a team win, with six guys scoring 12-or-more points. That is the ultimate goal, and Jayson knows it. Unlike previous seasons, he didn't force his offense. And his team didn't need him to do so.

Joe Mazzulla must have agreed with all this since Tatum logged the most minutes (42:09) in the contest. I love what Jayson Tatum has become and how he performed in last night's win over the Mavericks.


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