Tanguay: Celtics win Game 2, but it's still Bulls in six

Tanguay: Celtics win Game 2, but it's still Bulls in six

The Celtics will win Game 2 tonight at the Garden against Bulls and even the series at one win each. 

Boston has won a Game 2 two five straight times after losing Game 1, so I could go with the numbers. But the real reason the Celts will win tonight is that the Bulls are a bunch of idiots. Boy, it is so obvious they hate each other and have no use for their coach. Fred Hoiberg hopefully has an excellent shrink on retainer. 

I enjoy being right. I want to be right about my prediction of the Bulls winning in six but boy it's tough to root this team. Chicago plays without passion, chemistry or game plan but they are a matchup problem for Boston. 

Like I barked to Celtic great, and my buddy, Cedric Maxwell, ROBIN LOPEZ. Hey, that guy is no punchline. 

Well, in most cases he is because he is the bad Lopez brother, and by bad, I mean "in a basketball sense.” But, unlike any Celtic taller than 6 foot 5, Lopez is not afraid to stand under the basket and wait for a rebound. Lopez had eight boards in the first half Sunday night by just showing up in the paint.  If Al Horford brings the ball up one more time, I am going to punch my TV. 

And, oh yeah, Jimmy Butler’s pretty good. The guy can score on the Celtics whenever he chooses. This is also an indication that if the C's had drawn Indy instead, Paul George would've destroyed the green. 

What has become very clear is this Celtics roster should not be part of the long-term plan. The Bulls are the most dysfunctional team I have seen in a long time and they will beat Boston in this series because they have the best player and tall guy who knows what his job is.

The Celtics have a nice team full of nice fellows but I never want to see them again. Socially, sure, but not on the basketball floor in green. Give me Jaylen Brown and this year’s Nets pick and say so long to the rest. 

Jayson Tatum comes up big vs Paul George, Thunder

Jayson Tatum comes up big vs Paul George, Thunder

BOSTON – Jayson Tatum had another strong performance for the Boston Celtics, doing so against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Paul George, a player Tatum has acknowledged on more than one occasion he has looked up to. 

That admiration didn’t get in the way of Tatum delivering a big-time performance in helping Boston rally from six points down with 12.7 seconds to play, to knock off the Thunder 100-99.

Tatum tallied a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. And doing so at 20 years and 17 days old, Tatum became the youngest player in franchise history to tally at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in the same game.

“It feels good,” Tatum said when asked about his first 20-plus point, 10-plus rebound game in the NBA. “But honestly, I’m just glad we won. That was a big win against a great team and it was fun playing out there today.”

Impacting the game on multiple levels offensively along with being a defensive and rebounding force are qualities often associated with George who became familiar with Tatum prior to last June’s NBA draft which is when the Celtics selected him with the third overall pick. 

“I reached out to him before he was coming into this draft and I got to talk to him,” said George, who had 24 points and a game-high 13 rebounds against the Celtics. “It’s an honor when you see young talent. I‘ve been inspired by many in this league so it’s great to inspire the younger generation in this league.”

And while Tatum may be young, he continues to prove himself up for whatever challenges await him. 

“We are going to keep throwing to the wolves and keep going to him in those moments,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

Boston closed out the game with an 8-1 spurt in the final 24.7 seconds, with Tatum either scoring or assisting on five of those points which includes assistant on Marcus Morris’ game-winner.

Tatum’s composure down the stretch comes from being influenced by many, including George who considers it “an honor” that Tatum holds him in high regard. 

“At the end of the day, us veteran guys want the younger guys to take the game further and advance much farther than what I was,” George said. “There’s going to be kids looking up to Jayson (Tatum) that are probably already looking up to Jayson (Tatum).”


NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Kyrie Irving getting second opinion on injured knee

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Kyrie Irving getting second opinion on injured knee

1:15 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins Gary Tanguay and Trenni Kusnierek to discuss Kyrie Irving getting a second opinion on his injured knee and what the Kyrie’s options are for the remainder of the season.

5:53 - Kyle Draper and Brian Scalabrine break down the Celtics stunning last second comeback win over the Thunder with multiple key players sitting out.

10:27 - Tom Curran and Jerod Mayo stop by Early Edition to play a game of Fill in the Blank that involves Gronkowski’s contract and the Patriots best offseason acquisition.