Celtics vs. Bucks: Jason Tatum and Giannis Antetokounmue Rivalry in the All-Time Heavyweight Match

Giannis Antikonmo And Jason Tatum He gave us a heavyweight match for the ages on Friday, and we collected 90 points from 62 shots. Tatum Celtics I got the win, by sending this series to Game 7 on Sunday.

Come down to help. Tatum, who finished with 46 points in 17 to 32, had more. Jaylyn Brown And Marcus Smart Combined for 43 points on nine three-pointers, both hit crucial three-pointers along the stretch. Antetokounmpo’s highest support 17 points was rather quiet and ineffective Jrue holiday. Outside Pat Connaughton 14 off the bench, no other buck scored more than six points.

Tatum took the reins throughout the pivotal game. The dollars Boston cut the 14-point difference to four with just over eight minutes to play on Giannis 3 over the key. The building was burning. It was the Celtics merely About to lose their grip. Then Tatum shot 10 in a row on some of the silkiest jumpers you can draw.

Less than three minutes later, the Boston team regained their lead to 11 and were safe the rest of the way. Brown called it a “special” performance by Tatum, and he’s right. Think about the history of the Boston Celtics, and Tatum is now just plain The second player in franchise historyjoining Sam Jones, to post several 45-point playoffs.

Tatum’s 46 is also the second highest production Boston player in an elimination game, by a draw Paul Pierce. Tatum is also one of only five players in history to score 45+ to force a 7 game, and join LeBron JamesWilt Chamberlain Kohi Leonard And Jamal Murray.

Boston, in addition to their defense, became a title contender because, in part, Tatum had tempered the champ’s ball, but the Celtics needed a champ in Game 6 and they went up. It was pretty efficient on Friday, but like Giannis, this was also just writing stuff.

Tatum has had 85 shots in his last three games. James Harden He took two shots in the second half of Philly’s season-ending loss on Thursday. He’s only got into Game 6 shooting 40 percent for the series, but he’s not going to come out quietly. He had no intention of evading the bright lights.

You always hope for efficiency, but the ruthlessness of a great scorer is much appreciated in such moments. Giannis the same way. No one else was going to Milwaukee, so he put his head down, literally, and scored 44 for the Bucks on 30 shots. He added 20 rebounds to join Shaquille O’Neal as the only player this century to have written 40-20 playoffs. Throwing his six passes while standing alone.

I was really late in the Giannis wagon. I was, and will forever be, skeptical about guys who can’t shoot and have to fight their way to the edge (yes, I know Giannis has improved greatly as a midrange shooter even when he was a 3-point shooter, even if The numbers are pretty bad for the latter). But duty is the operative term here.

Antetokounmpo’s utter refusal to refuse, his willingness to flirt with, and often commit, out-of-control accusations and twists by regression time after time, his endless pursuit of offensive planks, corpses dangling from him as he catches himself making mistakes and back again, is truly exhausting to watch. But it never burns. Doesn’t stop coming. Harden once said Giannis had no skills, and I would be damned if a part of me ignorantly didn’t agree, but I’m here to tell you, a drive like that on a body like that, it’s not just a skill, it’s a superpower.

Tatum’s most beautiful buckets. Antetokounmpo is inevitable. For this reason, I want to give the Bucks a slight edge in Game 7, despite the Boston Stadium advantage over their home ground. Giannis will be close to 40. I’d bet just about anything. However, Tatum has a dependable offensive assist in Brown and Smart and I’m betting big Alhorford The game too. khris middleton Absence can really be felt in creating a single half pitch for a tense 7 game.

Whatever the case, what a brawl between two of the top players in the game we had on Friday. Given the mentalities of these guys, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we get a sequel on Sunday.