The Boston Celtics, powered by Jayson Tatum, became one of just four teams in NBA playoff history to force a Game 7 after trailing 3-0. Everything came down to a tip-in from Derrick White after Marcus Smart missed a shot. The Game 6 victory against the Miami Heat, however, is not the only remarkable aspect of the narrative. Tatum is currently one game away from breaking LeBron James’ single-season postseason record.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Jayson Tatum had his ninth 30-point, 10-rebound, and five-assist game in the 2023 NBA Playoffs. This tied the Celtics’ star with LeBron James’ record from the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2018 playoff run.
Jayson Tatum led the Celtics in scoring in Game 6. He scored 31 points despite a poor shooting night from the field. He only made eight of his 22 shots. Tatum, on the other hand, made up for it by going 15-of-15 from the charity stripe.
Tatum, although being chilly from beyond the arc, contributed by crashing the boards. In addition to his double-double, he grabbed 12 rebounds. His playmaking was also excellent. Tatum drew opponents away from his teammates, resulting in five assists.
Furthermore, Jayson Tatum’s game isn’t only on the offensive end. The defensive glass provided nine of his 12 rebounds. He also worked hard for the ball, recording two blocks and a steal. When on the court, Tatum has a plus-minus rating of +3.
Tatum’s emphasis will be on the Celtics in Game 7 as they seek to complete their 3-0 comeback effort against the Lakers.