‘ICE COLD’: Twitter Goes Crazy After Celtics’ Jayson Tatum Hits Clutch Game Winner Against Trail Blazers

Published 04/14/2021, 1:38 AM EDT
Apr 13, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum (0) reacts after a shot during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports


The Boston Celtics survived a late barrage to overcome the Portland Trail Blazers tonight. They were led by young star Jayson Tatum, who had an excellent game and finished it off with a game-winner.

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With just 13 seconds left in the game, the Celtics gave the ball to Tatum. They had a one-point lead and just six seconds left on the shot clock. Tatum could have driven in for an easier two-point shot, but instead, he iced a superb side-step three. That gave them the four-point lead and virtually won them the game.

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That shot sent fans in a frenzy, who praised him for making this tough shot in such a clutch time. Former NBA champions Mychal Thompson and Kendrick Perkins along with a lot of fans took to Twitter to praise Tatum for this shot.

Jayson Tatum leads the Boston Celtics to their fourth win in a row

The Celtics have been far from their best this season. After reaching the Eastern Conference Finals last season, they have struggled to keep up with a .500 record this season. But now they are on a four-game winning run, as they aim to ascend to the top four in the East. And Tatum has been crucial in each of these wins.

Apr 13, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum (0) dribbles the ball while defended by Portland Trail Blazers power forward Carmelo Anthony (00) during the second half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight, he scored 32 points and also had nine rebounds. He was efficient as well, shooting 10-17 from the field and 4-7 from three. Tatum had a slow start with just seven points in the first half. But he cranked it up in the second half, scoring 25 points in 21 minutes, and he completed this amazing performance with a clutch game-winner.

The 23-year-old has been a huge part of this four-game winning streak. He had 25 points against the Knicks, a historic 53 points against the Timberwolves, 28 against the Nuggets in their previous game, and 32 tonight. His consistency has got the Celtics out of a play-in tournament spot and into the fifth position for now.

Brad Stevens knew Tatum was going to shine

Last season, Tatum didn’t have the best of starts to his season. But around this time last year, he found his feet and got into his groove. So coach Brad Stevens knew these performances were bound to come for Tatum. He said, “This is about the time, the number of games, where last year he started taking off, and you can kinda see that in the last so many weeks.”

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Celtics fans will hope he can keep this momentum going or they risk falling into the undesirable play-in spots.

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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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