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Bradley Beal heaps praise on good friend Jayson Tatum after Celtics beat Wizards

Bradley Beal heaps praise on good friend Jayson Tatum after Celtics beat Wizards

The Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum and Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal walked into the TD Garden arena together Friday night, hours before they were set to oppose each other in a Celtics victory.

It was a reminder of the tight bond between the two proud St. Louis natives, whose upbringings in basketball ran startlingly parallel despite their five-year age difference:

Beal and Tatum both played their AAU basketball for the legendary St. Louis Eagles club, which has since been named Bradley Beal Elite. The two also attended St. Louis' Chaminade College Prep, where as seniors in 2011 and 2016 they both earned McDonald's All-American, USA TODAY First Team All-USA , and Gatorade Nationial Player of the Year honors.

Even further, Beal and Tatum also went third overall in their respective NBA drafts of 2012 and 2017.

After the game, Beal leaped heavy praise on his young protege, telling reporters that in spite of his impressive success so far Tatum has still only begun to scratch the surface.

"He's good, man. I don’t like talking about him, because I’m biased and I don’t want you guys to think. . . but he’s very talented," Beal said of Tatum. "He’s a special player, and he’s got so much more room to grow, and I think that’s the scary part of his game. Everybody sees how effective he’s been in a year and a half, and he has 15 more years to play. He’s got a long way to go, I’m happy for him, but he’s a key piece to the [Celtics]."

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Today marks the 17th anniversary of the Celtics' 26-point comeback vs Nets in 2002 playoffs

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the Celtics' 26-point comeback vs Nets in 2002 playoffs

Do you remember where you were on this day 17 years ago? 

Celtics fans most likely do, because it's the day Paul Pierce led a 26-point comeback against the New Jersey Nets to win Game 3 of the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals. 

The Nets featured Jason Kidd, Kerry Kittles, Keith Van Horn and Kenyon Martin as the top seed in the East, while the Celtics were headed by Pierce, Antoine Walker and Kenny Anderson. 

With the series tied at 1-1 after a split in New Jersey, the Nets dominated Boston in the first half, where the Celtics only managed 13 points in the first quarter. The Nets led by as many as 26 in the third quarter, until Pierce outscored their entire team 19-16 in the fourth quarter to lead Boston to the win. 

Pierce finished the game with 28 points in 45 minutes of playing time, and the Celtics outscored the Nets 41-16 in the fourth quarter. 

The comeback is tied for the fourth largest comeback in playoff history and gave the Celtics a chance at an NBA Finals appearance for the first time since 1987. It wasn't meant to be though, and the Nets ended up winning three straight games to close out the series and set up a clash with the two-time defending champion Lakers. LA swept the Nets to complete the first three-peat in the NBA since the days of Michael Jordan. 

Pierce would have to wait six years to finally get his chance at a championship, but this game was one of the future Hall-of-Famer's signature performances. The Truth earned his reputation in clutch spots and his fourth-quarter explosion in 2002 was particularly on brand. 

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Kyrie Irving gifts WNBA star Sue Bird a pair of Kyrie 5 sneakers

Kyrie Irving gifts WNBA star Sue Bird a pair of Kyrie 5 sneakers

Thanks to Kyrie Irving, WNBA star Sue Bird can add another pair of sneakers to her collection.

Irving gifted a pair of Kyrie 5s to Bird with a message that read, "Keep Sue Fresh."

Check Bird's new kicks out below:

A great gesture from Kyrie that undoubtedly brightened up what's been a tough offseason for Bird. The Seattle Storm guard will miss most if not all of the 2019 season with a knee injury.

As for Irving, all eyes will be on him once NBA free agency begins June 30.

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