It is no secret that the Boston Celtics have underperformed as a result of their 2018-19 regular season. However, the Celtics still have a legitimate shot at reaching the NBA Finals with second-year forward Jayson Tatum and veteran point guard Kyrie Irving still leading the way — and with current Los Angeles Lakers superstar forward LeBron James now in the Western Conference, of course.
With the tandem of Tatum and Irving serving as the Celtics' most impressive players, it is no surprise that these two often square-off 1-on-1 as well. In fact, Tatum, while doing an AMA on Reddit this week, admitted that Irving was actually the last person to beat him in a game of 1-on-1.
“Uh to Kyrie,” Tatum responded on Reddit.
It is also worth noting that Tatum pointed out that if he had to team up with one former Celtics player, it would either be the legendary Paul Pierce or current Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo. However, it appears as though Tatum would prefer to play with the passing wizard that is Rondo for obvious reasons.
“I would say Paul Pierce, but he liked to score,” said Tatum, via Reddit. “So, Rondo because he likes passing a lot!”
As it stands today, Tatum and Irving have led the Celtics to the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference this season. Sitting at 46-32 on the year, the Celtics are currently behind only the Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference standings. However, the fifth-place Indiana Pacers also sit at 46-32 with only a few regular-season games remaining on the schedule.