As Jayson Tatum chased down the loose ball, he had to know LeBron James was lurking nearby. And yet the 20-year-old rookie showed no fear, no hesitation while immediately attacking the basket.
To understand why this play was so important, you must rewind six months to opening night in Cleveland when Tatum was battling a major case of first-game jitters. James swatted one of the rookie’s offerings in the opening minute, as big a welcome-to-the-league moment as it gets.
Now, in a sign of just how far Tatum and these young Boston Celtics have come, it was the rookie who won a footrace to the pass he had deflected into the backcourt then, after one strong dribble, went up and finished as James eased up without truly contesting the finish.
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His composure, he plays above his age. The unfortunate events of injuries [the Celtics] have had has allowed him to get better faster than they expected, James said. It’s given him an opportunity to make fail plays or make mistakes and be able to learn from them and still be able to be on the floor.
Boston Red Sox Limited Jersey It’s just one thing led to another, D’Antoni said. Played soft, actually. I mean, you can’t do that with these guys. These guys are good.
The 41-point margin of victory was also the largest in the Warriors’ playoff history, eclipsing a record set 70 years ago when the franchise was located in Philadelphia. Golden State essentially dominated every facet of the game.
Houston was horrible offensively, shooting only 40 percent from the floor and committing 20 turnovers, which the Warriors converted into 28 points. The Rockets were dreadful defensively, allowing the Warriors to shoot 52.2 percent from the floor and 40.6 percent from 3-point range. And the Warriors won the rebounding battle by a 49-40 margin.
[D’Antoni is] right, said Rockets guard James Harden, who led Houston with 20 points and nine assists but was beaten defensively for many of Warriors star Stephen Curry’s game-high 35 points. Mason Crosby Authentic Jersey We weren’t as aggressive as we needed to be. We started off the game pretty solid, and then we let them gain some confidence to end the first quarter. But just defensively, they didn’t feel us, and it showed tonight.