Nets vs Celtics NBA Playoffs 2021: Jayson Tatum Joins Michael Jordan on Exclusive List

Published 05/29/2021, 1:18 AM EDT
May 28, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots the ball over Brooklyn Nets forward Bruce Brown (1) during the second half during game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports


Jayson Tatum just put on an incredible performance against the Brooklyn Nets. With their back against the walls, the Celtics entered the game against the Nets at the Garden with increased vigor.

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Tatum ended up deciding the game for the Celtics, with a massive 50-point haul against the Celtics. It was his second 50-point game since the post-season began. And now, he has put himself in elite company across the history books.

Jayson Tatum makes history

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Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum made history by becoming the third-youngest NBA star to put up 50 points during a playoff game. The only players ahead of him on that list are Michael Jordan and Rick Barry.

All three players achieved this feat at the age of 23 years, with them being separated only by days. To be able to match Michael Jordan, especially so early in his career, is a promising sign for Tatum and the Boston Celtics going forward.

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Tatum has been one of the best young players in the league for quite some time. His rookie season was truly a break-out year, especially in the playoffs.

Tatum put on massive performances for the Celtics in the playoffs, especially in the absence of Kyrie Irving. He and the Celtics were able to push the Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals. His showing against LeBron James was his coming out part for the rest of this league.

Tatum has become the man in Boston

Since then, Tatum has elevated his game to a great degree. He has become a two-time All-Star since then and become the leading man for the Boston Celtics.

Tatum, along with Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker, form an impressive trio for the Celtics. But this season, Walker and Brown have struggled with injury concerns. Walker was absent for the start of the season, and Brown suffered a season-ending injury, leaving most of the work for Jayson Tatum.

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May 28, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) passes the ball past Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) during the first half during game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
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Can Jayson Tatum lead the Boston Celtics to another win against the Brooklyn Nets? The Celtics will need Tatum to perform at a similar level once again.

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Furthermore, other members of the Celtics will have to contribute both offensively and defensively. Stopping the Brooklyn Nets is no easy feat, so the Celtics will have to be at their best next game.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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