Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum has “a big a** picture” in his house of his massive dunk on LeBron James from the 2018 playoffs.
Tatum posterized James in Game 7 of the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals. The Cavs wound up winning the game and series, but it was a special moment for Tatum, who had a sound rookie season for the Celtics in 2017-18:
“I’ve got a big-ass picture of it in my house,” Tatum said in a post-practice interview on Tuesday, via Sopan Deb of the New York Times.
Tatum and the Celtics are looking to atone for what happened in last year’s postseason. Boston is the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference this season and currently up 1-0 on the Indiana Pacers in the first round.
In 79 regular-season games in 2018-19, Tatum averaged 15.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest. The swingman shot 45.0 percent from the field, 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 85.5 percent from the free-throw line.
Tatum’s dunk on LeBron is likely to be the first of many epic postseason moments for the youngster. The 21-year-old has already established himself as one of the top young scorers in the game. Over time, Tatum is only going to get better for the Celtics, assuming he’s not the centerpiece of an Anthony Davis trade.