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Celtics’ Jayson Tatum says he and Kyrie Irving ‘can be scary’

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum enjoyed a breakout rookie season, and he really stepped up in the absence of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward during the team’s run to the Eastern Conference Finals. While the Celtics have had their share of issues this season, they still have a ton of talent and will be a major threat in the playoffs.

A healthy Tatum and Irving are a big reason why this is the case. Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, Tatum had a short but effective description of what the pair’s potential can be:

“We can be scary,” Tatum says.

The Celtics are fifth in the Eastern Conference, which is not indicative of the talent they have on their roster. They have certainly had trouble putting it all together so far this year, which is a sentiment that doesn’t elude the players:

“It’s taking some time. Every time we lose a game, it’s not the end of the world. We all have to bring it, and it starts with me too.” Tatum said.

Tatum is averaging 16.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.9 assists for the season. The 20-year-old is doing his part to contribute to the team-wide goal, which is hoisting a trophy at the end of the year.

Seeding is yet to be determined, but the Celtics will make the playoffs. From there, it is all about Jayson Tatum and Kyrie Irving finding their stride together and becoming the scary duo that Boston wants them to be.