Celtics’ Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum On Course to Emulate Larry Bird and Kevin McHale

Published 02/03/2021, 1:15 AM EST
Dec 23, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) celebrates with guard Jaylen Brown (7) after scoring against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics were a force during the 80s. They had some of the best players in the league, boasting the likes of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish to name a few. While the current day Celtics aren’t as dominant as them, the young duo of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are doing their best to emulate them.

The 24-year-old Brown is averaging 27 points per game, while 22-year-old Tatum is averaging 26 points per game. This makes them the first Celtics duo since Bird and McHale (1986-87 season) to average 26 points per game in the same season.

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They have been on a tear since the start of the season. They missed Kemba Walker in the start, so they knew they had to step up. And they have done that brilliantly. Brown has played every single game for them so far and has been their main catalyst for wins. Tatum missed five games, but whenever he has played, he has been a force to be reckoned with.

Can Brown and Tatum help the Celtics improve their record?

The Celtics had a hard-fought win against the Warriors tonight. Stephen Curry gave them buckets, but Tatum stepped up to ensure the win. Brown also chipped in but wasn’t at his efficient best. Tatum led with 27 points, while Brown had 18 points.

Feb 2, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) scores inside during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

It was only their 11th win of the season and their record is just 11-8 now. This win was also crucial for them, as they were coming off a two-game losing streak and had just two wins in their last seven games. They were on a five-game winning streak prior to that terrible run, and they lost all their momentum later.

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Brown and Tatum have to step up since Walker is still misfiring since his return. Tonight, he had 19 points but shot just 33% from the field. He also had a costly turnover against the Spurs, which was the main reason for their loss. The Celtics need him to raise his performances if they are to improve their record.

Jan 17, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) drives to the basket against the New York Knicks in the second quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Celtics will continue their road trip and face the Kings tomorrow. They have more tricky fixtures coming up with games against the Clippers, Suns, and the Jazz. It will be a tough run for them, so they need Brown and Tatum to lead from the front again.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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