Tatum’s story is similar to Giannis’, but with a chapter delay. probably because they arrived in the NBA with a four year gap they take for birth reasons, Or perhaps, because the return of green pride to the top of the NBA has more to do with the inherent narrative of the best league in the world than merit. Antetokounmpo received his top prize in 2021, a year marked by the coronavirus that served to vindicate his statistics and show he was one of the best players ever. Jason, the leader of those Celtics who have always been there but have not yet arrived, lacks this: Title promised, ring postponed forever, The one that all stars try to achieve throughout their careers but which only a handful can achieve, who constantly knock on the door of Olympus.
The Celtics defeated the Bucks in the Christmas game of the 2022–23 season. led by Jayson Tatum, 41 points in his personal account and 39 in only the first three quarters, It blew up in the third set and it was completely dominated by a green team who showed all their weapons and beat their rivals 38-25. And that, in a rerun of the last Eastern Conference semifinals, the series that would yield multiple champions (who ended up as the Warriors), Gives another point to some Celtics who showed doubt in the last clash on the calendarBut who has recovered from a blow to authority in the most important game and against the toughest opponent.
Khris Middleton didn’t play for the Bucks, a slab of a Milwaukee team This was already found in the previous Eastern Finals and with which they once again had a game that matters little, but what difference does it make, The next highest scorer after Tatum and his 41 points (20 in the third quarter) was Jaylen Brown who went 29 (5 of 9 on triples). And the Greens relied on these two players, aware of their strengths, who are responsible for shooting 58.8% from the field and close to 50% on triples (19 of 39). The Celtics scored 17 points, 29 assists and only 11 turnovers in transition., and they outscored their rivals 77–57 in the second half. An even first half (62–61) and a second in which the locals took off and the visitors were netted with more pace and excellent success.
Giannis didn’t have his day, and for him it’s getting up to 27 points and 9 rebounds. Received a monumental dunk from Tatum during the first quarter And the last fruit of impotence and despair was a run-in with Brown (and who was facing Thanasis with Marcus Smart)., something that was settled amicably between the two after the final whistle. The Greek abused triples by not being able to penetrate (1 of 5) and caused them a lot of problems when Joe Mazzulla filled the area with massive bodies. Without Middleton, the best was a Junior Holiday who went 26 points and 8 of 14 from shots, but it was insufficient help. To establish another rhythm in the second half in which environmental pressure was combined with the superior talent of a group of players who have a very clear objective,
And that’s how things will go on: The Celtics want to make a reality the last time they won in 2008, their only win in the entire 21st century and, if we go by 1986, Larry Bird and Co. for now, They speak only in whispers, afraid that if they raise their voice the dream will vanish, The way they’re going, success is entirely possible and a win against the Bucks gives them something that could be crucial in the end: a lead in the East (24-10, 22-11 against the Bucks), something that That would give them that territorial advantage against their great rival is traditionally important in a convention in which public support may be essential to tipping the balance. A few months ago, the ceiling was the warrior who, no matter how they areThey are the last great dynasty in the history of the North American competition, and perhaps the best ever. Right now, and for the time being, they are the best. A deep team, strong at home, well coached, excellent comp and compensation. And with a reference who is well on his way to becoming an MVP and an eternal reference in the NBA: Jayson Tatum.