A. Sherrod Blakely, The Garden Report and the Celtics reacted to Jayson Tatum scoring a career-high 53 points on Friday night.
Jayson Tatum finished with 53 points on 16-of-25 shooting, cashing in for 15-of-16 at the free throw line and drilling six threes on 10 tries for the most efficient and dominant scoring night of his career. Tatum matched Isaiah Thomas’ total from Game 5 against the Wizards in 2017, becoming the youngest player to score 50 points for Boston. Tatum and the Celtics reacted to the legendary night as part of a 145-136 overtime win for the team, along with the Garden Report, courtesy of CLNS Media.
Did Jayson Tatum Have His Best Game Ever?
Jayson Tatum dropped 53 points vs the Timberwolves to mark his best scoring game ever and most by a Celtics player under 23, and most overall since Isaiah Thomas scored 53 vs the Wizards in the 2017 postseason. Tatum attacked the rim, picking up 16 free throws and scoring 13 straight to end the third quarter to help Boston come back down 17. His threes in the fourth forced overtime, where he and Kemba Walker scored one of the toughest Celtics wins of the season, as Tatum returned to his February, 2020 form in April.
Marcus Smart SAVES the Celtics
The Garden Report breaks down Marcus Smart’s night vs the Timberwolves, as Smart has been coming back with a vengeance after he called out the Garden Report for questioning his defense. Leading the team with heart and soul vs the Timberwolves, Smart was all over the court playing “efficient,” finishing the night with 24PTS, 8 ASTS, and 6 REBS while shooting 50% from three.
Still, the crew questions how much does this win really means vs a team like the Timberwolves, who have the worst record in the NBA? Should Celtics fans get excited over this 145-136 OT win?
Should Celtics Start Tristan Thompson?
The Garden Report highlights how the Celtics have been better since big man Tristan Thompson’s return. They also compare Thompson’s recent success to Robert Williams’ recent struggles ever since fouling out of the 76ers game on April 6. With that being said, the crew debates who should be the starter for the Celtics right now? For this season, Williams is averaging 8 PTS and about 7 REBS for over 18 minutes a game, compared to Thompson’s 8 PTS and about 8.5 REBS over 22 minutes a game. Should the Celtics ride the hot hand just after a few games? Also, is Williams’ recent struggles on him or the team? How do the Celtics get both big men going?
Jayson Tatum: Deuce Called
Marcus Smart: I wanted to win
Brad Stevens: Tatum performance reminiscent of Isaiah Thomas