Jayson Tatum puts King James on a poster, albeit in a losing effort.
There's no question getting put on a poster is a humbling experience, especially for someone usually on the giving end. Just past the seven minute mark in the 4th quarter, while Celtics only trailed by a few baskets, Jayson Tatum took off from the perimeter and yammed one right over LeBron's head. Go ahead and give it a another look, even if you have already.
LeBron James did eventually establish his pace, putting the game on ice, but not because Tatum crumbled under pressure. After the final whistle the teams lined up and shared embraces as is custom in the playoffs, and Tatum and LeBron held their pose a little longer than usual. During the press conference opened up about the kudos she shared with the 20-year-old rookie. "I just love everything about the kid, the way he plays the game, his demeanor, where he comes from," James said. "I just know he's built for stardom. He's built for success. And that's both on and off the floor."
Jayson Tatum was the Boston Celtic's leading scorer in the playoffs, posting a team-high 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting with seven rebounds over 42 minutes in the Game 7 loss. His late-game dunk over LeBron was part of a late-game charge by Tatum to help his team regain the 12-point lead they had held in the early stages. Tatum is "the first Twitter user in history to beg a pro athlete for a follow and then literally dunk on them," as remarked by Pablo S. Torre of ESPN.