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Celtics’ Jayson Tatum speaks out on learning from Chris Paul during All-Star weekend

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Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum was able to pick Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul’s brain this past weekend in Chicago.

Tatum played in his first All-Star game and was trying to take everything in, including getting some tips from one of the smartest basketball players of all time:

“It’s real cool, especially coming from Chris,” Tatum, who had six points for Team LeBron, told NBC Sports Boston. “He’s been a really good player for a really long time; I’m trying to be like that, too.”

“He didn’t show me everything. But he showed me a couple things. I’m gonna try and use that next time we play.”

In 50 games for the Celtics this season, Tatum is averaging 22.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 44.3 percent from the field, 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 81.3 percent from the free-throw line.

Tatum and the Celtics are 38-16. Boston is in third place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Celtics, as an organization, have to be thrilled that Tatum was using All-Star weekend as a resource to improve his skills and overall knowledge of the game. After all, those are two aspects which Paul is universally recognized for.

The Celtics open the second half of the season on Friday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.