UNITED STATES: In a remarkable turn of events, the Boston Celtics, led by the exceptional performance of Jayson Tatum, defied the odds and became only the fifth team in NBA Playoffs history to overcome a 3-0 deficit and force a decisive seventh game. The defining moment came with Derrick White’s crucial tip-in after a missed shot by Marcus Smart.
However, the significance of this story extends beyond the Celtics’ victory over the Miami Heat in Game 6. Tatum finds himself on the cusp of breaking LeBron James’ single-season postseason record, a feat that would require a truly extraordinary effort.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Tatum achieved his ninth 30-point, 10-rebound, and five-assist performance during the 2023 NBA Playoffs, equaling James’ record from the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2018 playoff run.
Despite struggling with his field goal shooting in Game 6, Celtics’ player proved to be the driving force behind the Celtics’ offence, amassing an impressive 31 points. Despite converting only eight of his 22 attempts from the field, Tatum compensated by displaying exceptional accuracy from the free-throw line, sinking all 15 of his attempts.
Remarkably, Tatum also contributed significantly on the defensive end. Despite operating primarily from the perimeter and experiencing a cold shooting night, he demonstrated his versatility by securing 12 rebounds, two blocks, and a steal. His defensive tenacity and court awareness also facilitated five assists, effectively creating scoring opportunities for his teammates.
Tatum’s all-around performance underscores his ability to impact the game in multiple facets and highlights his defensive prowess on the glass. Additionally, his presence on the court yielded a positive plus-minus rating of +3.
As the Celtics gear up for Game 7, Jayson Tatum will undoubtedly be focused on leading his team to complete their unprecedented 3-0 comeback. With his sights set on surpassing LeBron James and etching his name into the annals of basketball history, Tatum is prepared to leave an indelible mark on this thrilling NBA Playoffs series.