Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals was tight, but the Celtics, led by former Duke star Jayson Tatum, came through in the clutch against the Toronto Raptors, winning 92-87.
And Tatum took his game to another level: he led both teams in scoring, rebounding and assists with 29, 12 and seven respectively.
He’s only the third player to ever lead both teams in all three categories too. The other guys?
Larry Bird and LeBron James.
With the win, Boston advances to the Eastern Conference Finals against Miami and Tatum gets a chance to further stake his claim as one of the true rising stars of the game.
The crazy thing?
He’s still just 22.
This year’s playoffs could be his coming-out party.
He’ll have to earn it.
Jimmy Butler has become a major star and Bam Adebayo is talented and powerful. And Jae Crowder has always been a willing defender, which means that Miami has a lot to throw at Boston’s rising star.
By the way, you probably realize that Tatum is a very smart player but he’s also making some very smart financial decisions as well. He’s one major investment away from being a financial powerhouse too.