Bradley Beal and Jayson Tatum go way back. Even in the face of a huge defeat in the play-in tournament against the Boston Celtics, Beal couldn’t help but give Tatum the praise he deserves.
The St. Louis native spoke out about his hometown friend Tatum, who dropped 50 points for the Celtics:
Bradley Beal on lifelong friend Jayson Tatum, who went for 50 against Beal’s Wizards tonight: "He’s a special talent. I’ve been saying it since he was in diapers.” Says he thinks this was Tatum’s best game.
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) May 19, 2021
Tatum was spectacular all night as he tormented the Wizards’ defense. He scored 23 points in the 3rd quarter alone to lead a game-shifting Celtics run that put Washington down for good. JT was also an immaculate 17 for 17 from the charity stripe, the same number of free throws the entire Wizards team made for the entire game. His five threes made also outperformed an ice-cold D.C. squad that made just three of their 21 attempts from distance.
Kemba Walker came alive for this one as well. The former Charlotte Hornets guard scored 29 points with six threes. Tatum and Walker combined 79 of the Celtics’ 118 point total, nearly 70% of their entire output.
The win gets the Celtics the seventh seed, which sets up a daunting playoff matchup against the Brooklyn Nets. Without Jaylen Brown in the lineup, they’re going to need massive nights from both Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker to keep up.