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Celtics’ Kemba Walker thinks Jayson Tatum is getting better at taking over games

Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Celtics

Before leaving Wednesday’s game with a groin injury, Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum had carved up the Memphis Grizzlies defense for 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists in just 26 minutes.

The game prior, the Celtics forward had 27 points, five rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes while leading Boston to a 32-point blowout victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

It’s clear that Tatum is becoming more and more comfortable as a scorer and leader for Boston with each passing game. This is a sentiment that Tatum’s teammate and fellow Celtics star Kemba Walker echoed when asked if Tatum was getting more comfortable taking over games.

“He is. I’m trying to encourage him (Tatum) more to do so. He’s just gotta become that killer, which he is. It’s so fun to watch him and Jaylen, man. It’s so fun to be a part of their growth,” Walker said per Jay King of The Athletic.

Still only 21 years old, Tatum is putting up 21.5 points per game to go along with 6.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and terrific defensive metrics. The Celtics’ young core of Tatum and Jaylen Brown has been mostly successful in meshing with the team’s more veteran stars like Walker and Gordon Hayward.

After a tough start to the month of January that saw the Celtics lost six of their last eight games prior to Wednesday, the Celtics now sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 29-14 record.

As NBA All-Star breaks nears, Jayson Tatum could see his name called as a first-time All-Star, and it could be the beginning of more great things to come for the young Celtics star.