Jayson Tatum after 27-point win at Phoenix: 'None of this means anything if we don't hang a banner'

Jayson Tatum after 27-point win at Phoenix: 'None of this means anything if we don't hang a banner'

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Jayson Tatum after 27-point win at Phoenix: 'None of this means anything if we don't hang a banner'

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Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Takeaways from Boston-Phoenix are up for @celticsblog:
-Most complete win of the season
-Grant gets it started
-Brown’s on a heater
-Tatum’s versatile scoring
-Brogdon is just good
-Waves
-ATO action
-Blake big again
-The playmakers
-Finals rematch next
celticsblog.com/2022/12/8/2349…10:21 AM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
New: After the Cs crushed the Suns, Joe Mazzulla cautioned that things will get tougher.
Jayson Tatum said the wins will mean nothing if they don’t lead to a title.
The Celtics are trying to think big-picture, but opponents are still leaving with scars.
bostonglobe.com/2022/12/08/spo…3:27 AM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Heading into the Finals rematch on Saturday…
NBA – +/- LEADERS
1. TATUM, BOS +245
2. WHITE, BOS +188
3. Holiday, Mil +180
4. Jokic, Den +169
5. Osman, Cle +165
6. CURRY, GSW +154
7. GREEN, GSW +151
10. SMART, BOS +138
11. BROWN, BOS +137
15. HAUSER, BOS +127 – 2:18 AM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Tatum on Grant taking his kiss of death celebration:
“He was too excited, too hyped. He was jumping. I was like, ‘Grant, it’s still the 2nd qtr.’ So I pulled him aside & said, ‘You can do it, but I’m cool when I do it. I look cool. You didn’t look cool. You looked like a kid.'” – 1:16 AM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Tatum: “We realize we’ve got the best record, 21-5, and with that comes a decision every night to play the right way.” – 1:11 AM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jayson Tatum after another big win: “None of this means anything if we don’t hang a banner.” #Celtics #Suns12:59 AM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Tatum: “None of this means anything if we don’t hang a banner.” – 12:58 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tim Legler is making a great point on SportsCenter right now about Jayson Tatum’s screening and how it opens up Boston’s offense by causing panic in the defense.
He said, “I’m not sure any top scorer sets as many on and off-ball screens as Tatum does each game.” – 12:25 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jayson Tatum: “We have 50 something games left, but we’re trending in the right direction.” – 12:20 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics win 125-98
Brown – 25/7/3
Tatum – 25 points
Brogdon – 16/3/5
Grant – 14 points
Kornet – 12/4/3
Griffin – 9 points, 9 rebounds
Smart – 4 steals
Celtics – 48.5% FGs
Celtics – 16-45 3Ps
Okogie – 28 points (career-high)
Suns – 39.8% FGs
Suns – 8-32 3Ps
Suns – 18 TOs – 12:17 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
I think the biggest takeaway of the night is obviously Josh Okogie outscoring MVP candidate Jayson Tatum. But will the national media pundits talk about it?
I DOUBT IT. – 12:17 AM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics beat #Suns 125-98 and it wasn’t close. PHX scored last 14 pts in garbage time Tatum 25, Brown 25, Brogdon 16, GWilliams 14, Kornet 12. Okogie 28 (17 in 4Q). – 12:14 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Final: BOS 125, PHX 98
Okogie: 28 Pts, 7 Reb, 8-14 FG
Booker: 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 6-17 FG
Payne: 12 Pts, 5-13 FG
Tatum: 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 9-19 FG – 12:13 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Highest +/- this season:
245 — Jayson Tatum
[huge gap]
180 — Jrue Holiday
Best player on the best team. pic.twitter.com/JISiOKKJuc11:55 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
A “let’s go Celtics” chant breaks out in Phoenix. Suns fans had been able to drown out the “MVP” chants for Jayson Tatum, but that one lasted for a bit – 11:51 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics lead 104-65 after three
Brown – 25/6/3
Tatum – 25 points
Brogdon – 14 points
Grant – 14 points
Smart – 4 steals
Griffin – 9 points, 9 rebounds
Celtics – 52.6% FGs
Celtics – 13-33 3Ps
Celtics – 10 TOs
Suns – down by 39 – 11:49 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics lead #Suns 104-65 after 3Q. Tatum 25, Brown 25, GWilliams 14, Brogdon 14, Griffin 9 and 9 rebs; Booker 17, Craig 11, Okogie 11. – 11:47 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
End of 3Q: BOS 104, PHX 65
Booker: 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 6-17 FG
Craig: 11 Pts, 5-9 FG
Okogie: 11 Pts, 4 Reb
Tatum: 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 9-19 FG – 11:46 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Tatum remains in the game and scores a bucket. Mazzulla is entering Steve Spurrier territory here. #Celtics #Suns11:45 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Up to Mazzulla now when to pull Tatum and Brown but it’s gotta be soon. #Suns got their B and C guys out there. #Celtics11:36 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Tatum & Brown should probably come out now. – 11:36 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
20-point games this season:
22 — Tatum
22 — Brown
Perfectly balanced. pic.twitter.com/HsyNiGPCUh11:29 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum is Tatuming and the Celtics are up by 39 points in Phoenix.
If you have to work in the morning on the East Coast, you can go to bed. – 11:27 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Tatum 3.
#Suns down 88-49. Timeout Phoenix with 7:41 left in 3rd
Wow. Freaking wow. #Celtics11:26 PM
J. Kyle Mann @jkylemann
mercy mercy mercy that tatum fade in the lane was nasty – 11:26 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Pretty sure Jayson Tatum just did the shrug after hitting his 7th FG of the game! – 11:26 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Celtics 69 #Suns 42 half
PHX: Booker 10 (4 fouls), Ayton, Craig 8 each. Team: 1-of-16 from 3.
BOS: Brown 17, Tatum 14, Williams, Brogdon 12 each. Team: 7-of-21 from 3. – 11:09 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics lead 69-42 at the half
Brown – 17 points
Tatum – 14 points
Brogdon – 12 points
Grant – 12 points
Celtics – 50.9% FGs
Celtics – 7-21 3Ps
Celtics – 4 TOs
Booker – 10 points
Ayton – 8 points
Craig – 8 points
Suns – 35.4% FGs
Suns – 1-16 3Ps
Suns – 9 TOs – 11:06 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics lead #Suns 69-42 at halftime, putting a Mike Tyson circa 1988 beating on PHX. Brown 17, Tatum 14, GWilliams 12, Brogdon 12; Booker 10 (4 fouls). – 11:05 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Halftime: BOS 69, PHX 42
Booker: 10 Pts, 4 Reb, 3-10 FG
Ayton: 8 Pts, 7 Reb, 4-7 FG
Craig: 8 Pts
Tatum: 14 Pts, 4 Reb, 5-11 FG – 11:04 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Celtics fans started chanting “MVP! MVP!” as Tatum was at the line.
#Suns fans overruled that, started booing louder, but one thing #Celtics are doing is trying to strip Ayton every time he get the ball in the paint.
Brown attacks Craig, scores, draws foul. FT. #Celtics up 22 – 11:01 PM
Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
I think a lot about how Ainge rolled Pierce into Tatum and the Celtics get like a quarter century and counting of Hall of Fame play on the wing – 10:49 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Tatum 1st Q: 2-5, 5 pts
Tatum 2nd so far: 3-3, 7 points. – 10:43 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Jayson Tatum’s up to 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting and the Suns cannot buy a bucket. Feels like the missed shots are getting to them and they’re just chucking right now. Celtics up 40-24 – 10:41 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Landale too aggressive, called for basket interference, but he has to play like that or Williams will look to to back Biyombo, who he knows is going to play active.
Tatum again. Has 12. #Suns down 16. Timeout Phoenix with 9:15 left in half. – 10:41 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum with the Dirk fadeaway.
The Celtics are coming at the Suns in waves tonight. – 10:40 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Jayson Tatum is a problem.
Has 10. #Suns down 14. – 10:39 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Tatum 3.
Okogie 3 answer.
#Suns down 10. – 10:38 PM
Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Tatum + Bench (Brogdon, Hauser, Kornet) entering tonight’s game:
60 MIN
124.8 OFF RTG
94.6 DEF RTG
+30.2 NET RTG
That’ll only go up after that late first-quarter burst. Those 4 + Derrick White = +8 over 2:28. – 10:37 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics lead 31-21 after one
Brogdon – 8 points
Grant – 7 points
Tatum – 5 points
Celtics – 50% FGs
Celtics – 4-11 3Ps
Celtics – 2 TOs
Booker – 6 points
Craig – 6 points
Ayton – 4 points
Suns – 36% FGs
Suns – 0-8 3Ps
Suns – 2 TOs – 10:36 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown with nine points combined on 4-for-12 shooting through one quarter. Celtics still up 31-21 heading into the second. Brogdon has eight points over six minutes off the bench. – 10:35 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Tatum and Jaylen combine to go 4 for 13, Horford is out, and the Celtics lead the top team in the West on the road by 10 points after a quarter, naturally. – 10:34 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
whew that was pretty from Tatum – 10:30 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Brogdon 3, but all due to hustle of Kornet. Fought off two #Suns to give #Celtics extra possession.
#Suns down 25-18 as Tatum scores. – 10:30 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Hauser in for Brown. We’re about to see how #Celtics fare against #Suns without Tatum or Brown on the floor. – 10:29 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Shame Tatum missed that three, because that was a really good ATO set to get him matched up with Ayton, knowing Ayton doesn’t want to close out to the arc. – 10:22 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Celtics fans are here.
Rise after Grant Williams 3.
Jayson Tatum guarding Booker.
Nice. #Suns10:13 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics starters tonight:
Blake Griffin
Grant Williams
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Marcus Smart
Suns starters:
Deandre Ayton
Torrey Craig
Mikal Bridges
Devin Booker
Chris Paul – 9:32 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Starters
Suns: Paul, Booker, Bridges, Craig, Ayton
Celtics: Smart, Brown, Tatum, Williams, Griffin – 9:32 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Celtics at Suns – Footprint Center – December 7, 2022 – Starters
Boston – Smart, Brown, Tatum, G Williams, Griffin
Phoenix – Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig, DeAndre Ayton
OUT: Boston: Horford, R. Williams, Gallinari Phoenix: C. Johnson, Washington pic.twitter.com/4r6IWZar0A9:31 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Andrew Wiggins will miss the primetime ABC Saturday night game against the Celtics because of his adductor strain, per Steve Kerr, leaving the Warriors without their best wing defender against Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Wiggins will be re-evaluated before upcoming road trip. – 7:53 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
If Tatum goes nuts against Booker tonight, that’s big for his MVP campaign.
But I also believe in voter fatigue and want his narrative to crest in the spring, not around Christmas – 7:39 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Tony Kornheiser on @PTI:
Jayson Tatum is the MVP…right now. – 5:39 PM
Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
Jayson Tatum (+275) is now the MVP favorite, per @BetMGM, ahead of Luka Doncic (+300) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (+300). – 3:23 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
This is Jayson Tatum on the ground holding his face to make his coaches believe he’s out forever because a ball hit him lol. (You can see their level of concern) pic.twitter.com/agDwe1fXHj1:34 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
We still have 6 players averaging 30 points.
— Luka 1st Mav ever to do so
— Tatum 1st Celtic ever to do so
— Giannis 1st Buck since Kareem
— Shai 3rd Thunder ever (Russ/KD)
— Steph 3x for a PG, trails only Big O
— Embiid (31.9) highest for a center since Bob McAdoo pic.twitter.com/rqIGDZtjTl10:59 AM

Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Celtics leaders in isolation defense:
1. Jayson Tatum (0.73 points per play)
2. Derrick White (0.88)
3. Sam Hauser (0.92)
Hauser is surprisingly top 10 among all players defending at least 1.5 ISO per game, per NBA tracking.
✳️ MORE: https://t.co/w1G1uPsoKW pic.twitter.com/oz9XOn8Im97:58 AM

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On whether Tatum being a frontrunner in the media’s early season MVP conversation is a distraction or motivational factor for him. Jayson Tatum: Not a distraction. It’s something that I’m aware of, but I think a lot of it has to do with our team’s success. I think I keep playing the way I am and everybody individually, and we keep complementing each other the way we are, and continue to win, then everybody’s going to get individually what they deserve. So I guess the main focus is to keep trying to be one of the best teams and keep trying to win and just get closer to our ultimate goal of getting back to the finals.” -via Arizona Republic / December 8, 2022
Are you and Jayson Tatum the best duo in the league right now? Jaylen Brown: I don’t subscribe to what’s being said. I try to stay as even-keeled as I possibly can. Right now, things are going well. Tomorrow can flip just like that. So I just want to stay balanced and continue to move forward and continue to win games. I think me and JT are probably the best two-way players in the league. I’m excited to be able to continue to get better, excited to be able to win games, and that’s not a knock on anybody else. But I’m hungry and I’m looking toward the future. -via Bally Sports / December 7, 2022

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