The Celtics got beat in last night’s faceoff with the Lakers but Jayson Tatum shined.
He dropped a team-high 41 points on 60% shooting in the two-point defeat. And while Tatum is still fresh off his first-ever All-Star appearance, his teammates are convinced he has already reached superstar levels.
“Tatum has reached a new height, man,” Jaylen Brown said after the game. “Superstar level. We all have to continue to improve and go with him. The way he continues to improve is unreal. We have to continue to find ways to help him reach his potential, but at the same time we have to find ways to win games and be the team we’re supposed to be. He’s playing unreal, man. He’s a joy to watch, and I wish we got the win. But to come in here and do what he did to the Lakers? Not many people can say they did that.”
The Celtics have long believed in the potential of their young star forward and last night, against the best team in the West and one of the better defensive teams in the NBA, he showed why that belief is not misplaced.
For the season, Tatum has been (arguably) the Celtics’ best player. He’s averaging 22.9 points, 7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game on 44.5% shooting.
At just 21-years-old, there’s no telling where his ceiling is. The sky is truly the limit for this kid.