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Luka Doncic of the Mavericks will defend Jayson Tatum of the Celtics on March 31, 2021 at TD Garden

The rise of Boston Celtic All-Star Jayson Tatum to star made the league famous in 2020-21. Set off by two signature performances, the two-time all-star is without question one of the league’s brightest rising stars.

Tatum followed a 60-point masterpiece with a career high in a 143-140 regular season win against the San Antonio Spurs with a playoff career high of 50 points in game 3 of the Celtics’ best-of-7 opening round series against the Brooklyn Nets. In a way, the latter feat – a 125-119 playoff win over the Nets – was most impressive.

Brooklyn’s star trio – Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving – their first and only loss of the postseason, too Handing over was one thing, but seeing Tatum put the team on their backs in the middle of full takeover mode was another thing entirely. He finished 16-out-30 off the floor, including 5-out-11 behind the 3-point arch, alongside his seven assists, a pair of steals and a block. It was the second time in 10 days that Tatum scored 50 points in one game. He did the same against the Washington Wizards in the play-in game that netted Boston’s ticket to the opening round series against the Nets, but most of all, Tatum proved he can keep up with one of the biggest threats on par with the Eastern Conference win > Next to the champion Milwaukee Bucks, the Nets are favorites for the 2022 final. However, Tatum’s next step in his development could lead the Celtics to become a threat to the upper echelons of the Eastern Conference.

Now one of the newest players believes the Celtics in Josh Richardson that life relief will take Tatum Boston to new heights. Richardson, traded by the Dallas Mavericks, was asked what the differences are between Luka and Tatum based on his experience with all-star Luka Doncic. “Playing with JT probably gets him more to his seats,” replied Richardson via “I think Luka is very ball dominant, so Luka can get his anywhere. It all depends on where you fit together with Luka. He can do anything. It’s so hard to guard. And, JT, once he’s in his place, as soon as he gets going; he is great. So think about how you can make it as successful as possible. If that gets the ball up, or takes it to its places, or puts up a screen, or shows up, or whatever; I’ll find out. “

Richardson, who averaged 12.1 points and 2.9 assists, comes off a 33% 3-point shooting clip with a career low. He’s hoping to improve efficiency in this department.

“I’m just trying to be consistent,” said Richardson during his media availability. “I’ve been going through slumps for the past couple of years and then, you know, I’ve had good stretches. But if I’ve been these good stretches for a full year I think that can help this team a lot and give the guys the kick-out. If they kick it out, they don’t have to worry. “

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