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Boston Celtics: Why You Should Be All In About Jayson Tatum

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The Celtics drafted the new future this summer, and his name is Jayson Tatum.

Here’s what you need to know: This kid rocks, and you should love him.

The Celtics and Danny Ainge made a very big power move on Draft Day, moving the number one overall lottery pick for another first round pick in either 2018 or ’19 and the third overall pick in the draft. With all the hype surrounding former Washington guard Markelle Fultz, he was expected to be a shoe in as the future of the Boston Celtics. Instead, Ainge worked his magic and was able to move a few spots back and get a player who may be even better than Fultz – Jayson Tatum. Oh, and there’s another first round pick on the way in the deal as well.

Tatum, a powerhouse forward for Duke University, shined in his Summer League minutes – posting three 20+ point games over the first five. During one of those games, he even hit a game winning shot. His shot selection has been sometimes questionable, but when it’s questioned it more often than not is a made shot. In short, this kid is money.

His mid-post game is also very impressive – showing that he can hit a step-back jump shot as good as the rest of the league. If anything, it is his signature move, something he showed a great deal of success with at Duke.

It’s not just one time shots, he’s really good at this..

It’s no secret he can show success in the mid-post, and it was actually a major focus on  his scouting report when Draft Day came. A team that had its own struggles at the forward position (here’s looking at you, Amir Johnson), Tatum is a major improvement offensively.

We’ve seen that Tatum is already a step up on offense compared to Johnson and now Miami Heat big-man Kelly Olynyk, it’s integrating him with Isaiah and Gordon Hayward that’ll be the key to success – the only point of work for Tatum being three point shooting and crashing the board while on offense. Working on those two areas and creating that chemistry on offense will make the Celtics a dangerous force in the East, and can once again give Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers a run for their money. Yes, he is young and has yet to play a minute of professional ball but we may be looking at a potential rookie of the year here. He can be that good on offense.

On the other end, we Defensively we see the departure of Avery Bradley, and while he was a major point on defense and offense it will be interesting to see how Tatum can develop into an immediate key role on both ends of the court. At 6’8″ he’s already one of the taller players on the team, and showed his dominance with his size at Duke but in the professional level his size is league standard.

Because of this, he is a transition forward that will be dominated by true big men. He isn’t a super athletic forward, which could pose as a downside to him on the defensive end. Despite this, he is young and (maybe) still growing. There are very few occurrences where a player can come into the league and be an immediate force on both ends, and with time Tatum will polish and round his defensive skills to become a very respectable defensive player. This is what you should look forward to going forward.

Come opening night, all the eyes of New England will be focused on Jayson Tatum, not Gordon Hayward. A player that has drawn early comparisons to Carmelo Anthony and Rudy Gay can be huge for a franchise that has been on the rise recently. Who knows, me might even be the next Paul Pierce – we just have to hop on board and see for ourselves.

 

 

Tyler is currently covering the Celtics for the upcoming season, as well as providing coverage for the MLB on occasion. He has written for The Georgetowner Newspaper in Washington, DC as well as providing work for the Red Sox on Fansided. He is fan of Hayley Williams, Seinfeld, and cold beer.

You can keep up with Tyler on @TheTylerHetu. Thank you for reading.

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Boston Celtics Set To Face Their Toughest Test

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The Boston Celtics have battled their way to a 13-game winning streak after losing the first two games of their season. This winning streak has catapulted the C’s to the top of the Eastern Conference and has gotten the attention of fans around the NBA. But on Thursday night this team will face it’s first big test, the Golden State Warriors.

Golden State is the reigning NBA champions and still has the most talented roster in the entire league. Boston has done it all during their winning streak, but this task could be their toughest obstacle.

Taking down the Warriors is a huge confidence swing for a team that is potentially eyeing a title chance at the end of the season. Drumming up a regular season game is usually a hard thing to do, but for this game, the two teams are legitimate title contenders. For the Celtics, the loss of Gordon Hayward was thought to be crippling to this year’s team’s potential. But the amount of grit and resilience they have shown has been remarkable.

Whether they have been without Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, or Jayson Tatum, this team has battled through it all to win 13 straight games. Thursday’s game will be a challenge, but one that could be very telling for the team’s long-term success.

Celtics-Warriors tips off at 8:00 pm on TNT.

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The Mask: Recalibrating Kyrie’s Face and the Offense

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Kyrie Irving is being obligated to accessorize on the basketball court. If you haven’t heard – It’s sort of a big deal. 

After getting elbowed in the face by Aron Baynes, during last Friday’s game, Kyrie will have to wear a protective mask for a little while. And many fans believe that Irving wears the good ol’ Rip Hamilton face mask with suave fashionability. 

Despite the raving reviews and social media’s embracement, Irving peers through his plastic transparency with defeated eyes. He looks like an emasculated puppy who has to wear one of those postoperative head-cones.

It’s apparent that Irving wants to release his bite, but feels that all he can do is bark, behind the silly partition. On Tuesday afternoon, Kyrie voiced his ambivalent love for the sensation that his prescription face shield has become. “I know it’s for my safety.” He volunteered during a press conference, before doing battle with the Brooklyn Nets.

Conversely, in his first game back since the recent facial injury, Kyrie Irving did not play with his tail between his legs. He attacked the Barclays Center like a beast unleashed.

Kyrie absolutely stifled the resolve of the Nets, with lancinating drives and frustrated flair. He was able to channel his embarrassment into his performance.

The annoying piece of hardware, that scratched at his face and jostled his vision, was ticking him off in a productive manner. After every play, Kyrie would remove the mask, guffaw at its dorkiness, readjust and then get back to work.

Irving, with a game-high 25 points and 5 assists, would lead the Celtics to a 109-102 victory over Brooklyn, on Tuesday night.

Celtics fans may not realize this, but Kyrie’s notorious mask is going to have a huge influence on the games in which it appears. Not only will the facemask recalibrate Kyrie Irving’s expression, but it will also recalibrate the entire Celtics offense.

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Boston Celtics Excitement Reaching 2008 Levels

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The 2017-18 Boston Celtics are on a bit of a roll right now with a 12 game win streak. Going into this season the hype surrounding a team that added not one but two superstars was high. And this team has yet to disappoint. But the way they are doing it is beyond impressive.

When Gordon Hayward went down there was an eerie feeling of a new season already being ruined. But with the youth movement in full swing, this team had something else in mind. Boston has battled through it all during their win streak. They have played without Al Horford and Kyrie Irving at times showing the full repertoire of what coach Brad Stevens has to offer.

Stevens during this run has drawn up game-winning plays with personnel such as Terry Rozier, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown playing well beyond their years. Can this run continue? Are they as good as they are playing? Yes and yes. Obviously, they will lose a basketball game sooner rather than later, but they have yet to play their best basketball.

Brown and Tatum are both young players who in theory will continue to grow and develop as the season progresses. And they are not the only ones, the other young players should be able to do the same under Stevens. On top of that Irving who has fit right into the Stevens’ system, in theory, has yet to hit his stride in the system. Others such as Morris and Baynes are also in that category.

Boston might be in the midst of a serious winning streak, but they still have room for growth. Can they win a title this season without Hayward? Why not? In the NBA playoffs, the team with the superstars tend to win which Boston would be outgunned when playing a Cleveland or a Golden State. But along the way, if they can get Tatum and others some playoff experience and a chance to see what getting close to a championship is like it could go a long way when Hayward returns.

No matter what happens this years team is the first big excitement surrounding the Celtics since Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen teamed up with Paul Pierce.

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