The Boston Celtics are embarrassing the Brooklyn Nets on live television. Despite entering the contest as the seventh seed, many fans believed that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving can give the Cs a scare in the first round. Lo and behold, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and the rest of the team took it upon themselves to demolish the Nets.

Jayson Tatum, in particular, has been brilliant for the Celtics against Kevin Durant and the Nets. The star's scoring prowess has never been in question in his career. Against the top dogs of the league, though, Tatum proved he's more than just a scorer. The former third-overall pick has been playing lockdown defense against KD the entire series.

It all came together in Game 3 of the series, when Tatum flexed his muscles and then some. The Celtics star didn't waste a moment burying the Nets in a 3-0 hole, scoring 39 points along with six assists and five rebounds. Tatum's insane run had former Cs legend Paul Pierce dropping a Truth bomb on everyone.

The Celtics have completely flummoxed Kevin Durant and the Nets. Tatum and Brown have looked like the better duo than Irving and Durant, for multiple reasons. This series, in particular, could be seen as Tatum's coming out party in the league, truly cementing his spot in the upper echelon of the NBA today. The Celtics are in this position today thanks in part to Tatum's excellence.

Saying that Tatum's brilliance is the only reason the Celtics are winning is highly disrespectful, however. Ime Udoka has done a masterful job of keeping this team together after their so-so start to the year. Their defense has been the best in the league, second only to perhaps the Phoenix Suns. This team is ready to ascend to basketball greatness.