He's joined on the list by Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell, Kyle Kuzma and Lauri Markkanen. Not only did he provide the team with an offensive spark, the Duke product did it defensively with some key block shots and steals.
After getting outrebounded by at least 10 rebounds in Games 3 and 4, the Celtics were able to outwork Cleveland on the boards in Game 5 with 45 rebounds as against the Cavs' 39.
That's one way to put it.
Kevin Love needed to have a big game for the Cleveland Cavaliers to stave off elimination in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but his time on the floor was cut short in a hurry on Friday night. Catch up on all the top individual performances around the league in the Top Performers series.
Tatum averaged 13.9 points and 5 rebounds during his 80 regular season games and led National Basketball Association rookies in three-point shooting percentage.
To echo Rick Pitino, Kyrie Irving is not walking through that door, Gordon Hayward has not walked through that door all season. The Cavs have struggled to create shots outside of James, but when he's playing this well, it splits the difference. Cleveland offered little resistance during another blowout loss to Boston in Game 5.
Tatum stayed in the game.
The Celtics are familiar with Elimination Game LeBron. Then he moved back and hit three 3-pointers. James has played to the end in seven straight seasons.
I keep saying this, but it's still hard to believe Tatum turned 20 years only 82 days ago.
The Celtics will approach him the same way they have the rest of the series. And Tatum has never blinked. The Boston Celtics are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line.
"The blind faith, and I say that complimentary, the blind faith they have in him is incredible", he said. "I'm pretty sure a lot of guys are exhausted. You've got to be ready to play now". "But I saw the ball and he was there and (I) just kind of went for it".
And so it really means something when James praises Jayson Tatum. "We should relish the opportunity and have fun with it". This was the seventh 40-point game for James this postseason.
He's scored 312 ... and counting.
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There's not much you can do when James is putting on all-time performances like that. Especially since he finished the night with more turnovers (6) than assists (5). Friday he scored 20 points, his most of the postseason, on 7-of-12 shooting. That honor belongs to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who had 352 points for Milwaukee in 1970. The Rockets lead the Western Conference finals 3-2.
What a tremendous rookie season for a deserving player and person.
That isn't too bad, right?