What we just witnessed wasn't just one of the best individual Game 7 performances in NBA history, it was legitmiately THE BEST WE HAVE EVER FUCKING SEEN!!
With his performance tonight, not only did Jayson Tatum make NBA history by scoring the most points ever in a Game 7, he also kicked the shit out of the MVP to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals…again. People asked me why I was confident about the Celts heading into this game given how up and down they are…and it came down to one thing.
In the Tatum and Brown era, when they get to 3 wins and have the chance to close out a series, they get it done
This is now another series this duo has closed out. Their only loss came in Jayson Tatum's rookie season against LeBron James. Since then? They do not fuck around. If they get to 3, they're going to find a way to get to 4 and today was just another example of that dominance.
With everything on the line, today was a game where the two franchise players had to step up and get you this win. The "others" held it down in Game 6, but Game 7s are for the stars, for the supermax players. Who cares if you didn't win the MVP during the year, this is the time that matters. Can you put the team on your back and carry them over the finish line?
When it comes to Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, the answer is unequivocally yes. Not only are they going to do it, but they are going to do it in a dominant fashion. I'll give the Sixers credit, they hung in there in the first half. Probably should have built a lead early when they had their chance, because once Tatum got cooking and the team defense continued to lock in, that's how blowouts happen. This was the Celtics team we have watched all year. Dominant on both ends, love and trust, and the best player going absolutely nuclear.
The Celtics needed to show up today and remind everyone why they are the title favorites. They needed to remind everyone that when they play to their ceiling, they can go to levels few teams can match. While the Jays did the scoring on one end, how about the defense from Al Horford? He complete removed the league MVP from the past two games. The more things change the more they stay the same, Al Horford OWNS that matchup. He always has, and he always will.
We wanted to see heart. We wanted to see toughness. We wanted to see this team live up to their potential.
I think we can all agree we got it all and then some. Best two way performance of the year given the circumstances. The Sixers gave the Celts life and paid the ultimate price. When you have this team on the ropes, you have to kill them because guess what? Jayson Tatum is going to wake up eventually, and when he does you have no shot. There's no need to be humble, he is legitimately one of the best basketball players in the world, and he continues to prove it on the biggest stage.
We'll go into more detail in the morning. I have no idea what I even just typed as I've tried my best to stay under control. What a game. What a win. What a team.
They did it. They really did it. Now keep fucking going.
LOVE AND TRUST.