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Celtics well represented in latest round of All-Star fan votes

Celtics well represented in latest round of All-Star fan votes

BOSTON -- The latest All-Star fan voting results are in with at least one Boston Celtics player - Kyrie Irving - on track to be a starter.

Irving, the top vote-getter among Eastern Conference guards (2,381,901 votes) and second overall in the East, isn’t the only Boston player among the top vote-getters.

Second-year wing Jayson Tatum is currently fourth (599,289 votes) among frontcourt players.

The top three frontcourt and top two backcourt players, based upon fan voting (50 percent), media (25 percent) and players (25 percent), will be starters in next month’s All-Star game in Charlotte.

Not surprisingly, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo (2,670,816 votes) leads all players in the East, and he's second overall to Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James (2,779,812 votes).

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Joining Antetokounmpo among the East starters if the voting stays as it is will be San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard and Philly’s Joel Embiid.

The players near the top of the fan voting by and large aren’t all that surprising.

However, there are three potential starters - Miami’s Dwyane Wade in the East, Dallas rookie sensation Luka Doncic and Minnesota’s Derrick Rose out West - who have garnered a surprisingly large amount of support for different reasons.

With Wade, it is more of a “thanks for the memories” kind of feel to his high fan voting numbers. Wade has 1,199,789 votes, which is second among Eastern Conference guards to Kyrie Irving, and leads Charlotte’s Kemba Walker (858,798 votes) by nearly 300,000 votes.

As for Rose, the former league MVP has 1,986,840 votes with the reigning league MVP in Houston’s James Harden right behind him with 1,674,660 votes.

With Doncic, it is more about his appeal to basketball fans globally.

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The only player in the Western Conference with more votes than Doncic (2,220,077 votes) is James.

The current starters in the West if the voting stands as is will be James, Doncic, and Oklahoma City’s Paul George, with the backcourt being Golden State’s Steph Curry and Rose.

When the first round of fan voting was announced earlier this month, Doncic was - and still is - ahead of proven All-Star caliber players such as Golden State’s Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis of New Orleans and Oklahoma City’s George.

“I saw the list,” Doncic said shortly after the first round of voting was announced. “I was just surprised. It felt amazing. I was the happiest guy in the world right there.”

Other Celtics received votes as well, with Gordon Hayward (237,813 votes) and Al Horford (199,474 votes) currently eighth and 10th, respectively, among frontcourt players.

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What advice did Celtics' Jayson Tatum give the Kings' De'Aaron Fox?

What advice did Celtics' Jayson Tatum give the Kings' De'Aaron Fox?

Jayson Tatum has found both individual and team success early in his NBA career. The Celtics forward was third in rookie of the year voting last season and his team reached Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

So, with one playoff run under his belt, he's passing on advice that an NBA postseason is a different animal to the Sacramento Kings' De'Aaron Fox, a player whose team - until a recent slump - was hoping to snag the final Western Conference spot and get him his first taste of the playoffs.

On the "Road Trippin'" podcast with ex-NBAer Doug Christie, now a Kings broadcaster, Fox, selected two picks after Tatum at fifth overall out of Kentucky in 2017 by Sacramento, said his fellow 21-year-old imparted his playoff wisdom while the two were on a tour of China last summer with Nike.

"All these old cats saying, 'Oh the playoffs is night and day. It's not the same,' " Fox said. "And I'm like, 'yeah, whatever.' But now that I have a peer that went through it, he's like, 'Man, playoffs is crazy.' And he went to Game 7, conference finals! He's like, 'the playoffs and regular season, it's NOT the same." 

Here's a clip via uninterrupted.com: 

It appears Fox may have to wait at least another season to see the difference after the Kings (34-35) have dropped seven of their past 10 and began Tuesday six games behind the Clippers for the eighth spot in the West.

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NCAA tournament predictions: Celtics' Jayson Tatum reveals his bracket

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NCAA tournament predictions: Celtics' Jayson Tatum reveals his bracket

The 2019 NCAA Tournament begins Tuesday night when two of the first-four games take place, so time is running out to submit your bracket.

Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum revealed his bracket on his Instagram story Tuesday, and his prediction for the champion will come as no surprise.

Check out his bracket in the photo below.

Tatum, of course, played for Duke before the C's selected him No. 3 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. His Duke squad was upset by South Carolina in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, resulting in a painful ending to an impressive freshman season.

Perhaps the most interesting part of Tatum's bracket is his national championship game matchup: Duke vs. North Carolina. The Tar Heels-Blue Devils rivalry is the best in college basketball, but these teams have never played against each other in March Madness. It would be fitting, and also really cool, if the first meeting came with a title at stake.

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