In an interview with the Boston Herald, Pierce explained why he sees big things down the road for Tatum.
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on in the second half of Game Five of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on May 23, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.
After a three-day break between Games 2 and 3, the East finals are now being played every other day, which seems to have affected other players. "He's deep into the postseason in his first year".
Tatum has been excellent throughout the playoffs for the Celtics, leading the team in scoring at 18 points per game.
On that Miami team, James had a lot of help. Enjoy the historic James while you can. The Celtics and Cavs played each other to a tie when Korver was on the court in Game 5, and head coach Tyronn Lue will likely play him closer to the 25 minutes he received in Game 4. "He didn't play him tonight, so it kind of threw us for a loop". James has been the only consistent performer for the Cavs in the playoffs but looked extremely exhausted in their 96-83 loss in Game 5, suggesting that the four-time MVP is now running on fumes.
But instead of finishing with a dunk, James simply laid the ball up on the glass.
In doing so, Jayson Tatum is gaining the confidence and experience that will take his career a long way and perhaps into something legendary. "The unfortunate events of injuries [the Celtics] have had has allowed him to get better faster than they expected", James said.
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And James appeared reluctant to even attempt to dominate in the paint, opting to initiate most of his offense from the perimeter.
"I think his composure (is impressive), he plays above his age", James said of the 20-year-old Tatum at the Cavs' shootaround, via The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn.
James, on many occasions this postseason, has shown that he possesses superpowers.
Love, who is in his fourth season with Cleveland and is the club's second-best player, is averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds in the series. The Cavs were 3-1 at The Q against the Pacers in the first round, 2-0 against Toronto in the conference semifinals and 2-0 so far against the Celtics.
The Boston Celtics are somehow one win away from taking down LeBron James and reaching the NBA Finals.
"I think out of those six (turnovers in Game 5), maybe three of them were just careless", James told reporters after the game. "So now we've got to go home, win game six and come back here for game seven". "We couldn't make. And if you don't make, it's going to come back to bite you".
And this squad is without the second-best player from Cleveland's previous championship runs, Kyrie Irving.
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