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It’s kinda hard to write a recap when your blood pressure is 180/140, but here goes…
That game is the reason I love basketball. Two titans battling to the death. Superstars making huge plays. And NBA officials making questionable calls late.
Buoyed by a relentless barrage of terrible officiating, the Lakers overcame Jayson Tatum’s 41-point performance and beat the Celtics, 114-112. I’ll be honest, I expected the Lakers to win going away. Without Kemba and the fuel of a 30+ point loss in Boston earlier this year, I figured the Lakers would roll. Nope. Not against this Celtics team. Not when Tatum (41 points, 12-20 FG, 13-15 FTs) puts on a show for a national audience.
Bad officiating aside (and that’s a MASSIVE caveat), the Celtics made a couple of critical errors late (inability to corral a missed FT, Tatum/Brown turnover) that cost them.
The bench (11 points) was woefully bad, especially Brad Wanamaker (0-4 FG, 3 TO, -11). With Kemba Walker nursing a sore knee, it’s imperative for Gordon Hayward (10 points, 0-5 3FG) to deliver 20+ points. While he delivered a well-round game (9 assists, 8 rebounds), his scoring was MIA. Not gonna cut it.
The next level of development for JT is adjusting to double-teams. He’ll figure it out.
PS: I sure hope the All-Star game was worth it for Kemba because we sure could have used him today.