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Don't forget about Jayson Tatum's clutch offense in Celtics' win vs. Kings

Don't forget about Jayson Tatum's clutch offense in Celtics' win vs. Kings

Gordon Hayward was the star of the Boston Celtics' thrilling 111-109 road win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night, and deservedly so after he hit what ended up being the game-winning shot in the final 10 seconds.

However, if not for the clutch play of Jayson Tatum late in the fourth quarter, the C's might have blown that game and potentially undone some of the momentum created from Tuesday's blowout victory over the Golden State Warriors.

Tatum scored six points over the final 90 seconds of Wednesday's victory. He hit a pair of free throws to increase Boston's lead to 105-101 with 1:27 left to play. Kings guard Buddy Hield came down and hit a 3-pointer on the next possession to bring Sacramento within one point of the lead, but Tatum put the C's back up three by sinking a tough turnaround jumper with 47.9 seconds remaining.

The Kings would again trim the Celtics lead to one, and Tatum was fouled with 15.9 seconds left and given a chance to extend the advantage back to three points. He again sunk both free throws, and the C's went up 109-106. 

Tatum hasn't even played two full seasons as a pro and he's already proven to be a dependable late-game player. We saw it in the playoffs last season, and we're seeing more evidence during the 2018-19 campaign. He's actually shooting 90.9 percent from the foul line in the final two minutes of games where the leading margin is five points or fewer, per NBA.com.

Here's Kyrie Irving talking about Tatum's ability in the clutch from December of last season, which was pretty early in the 21-year-old forward's career.

Tatum is one of the rare young players who thrives in these high-pressure moments and doesn't try to force anything. He remains cool, calm and collected in the clutch, and that should be a huge benefit to the Celtics come playoff time.

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Brian Windhorst believes LeBron James will recruit Kyrie Irving to the Lakers

Brian Windhorst believes LeBron James will recruit Kyrie Irving to the Lakers

If Kyrie Irving leaves the Celtics in free agency after committing to the team before the start of the season, it probably won't sit well with the organization and its fans. If he leaves to go the Lakers, Boston's arch-rival? Oh boy. 

On the Stephen A. Smith show Thursday, ESPN's Brian Windhorst said he thinks Kyrie Irving is considering the Lakers as a free agent destination, and that former teammate LeBron James will attempt to recruit him to LA. 

Windhorst also notes that he thinks the Knicks and Nets are higher on Irving's list than the Lakers, but believes their play styles mesh well despite their personality differences. Irving and James won a championship in 2016 by coming back from a 3-1 deficit against the 73-win Warriors, and made a run of three consecutive Finals appearances. Then Irving requested a trade after the 2016-17 season in an effort to get out from under James' shadow. 

However, less than two weeks ago, Smith claimed he had sources telling him there was, 'No way in hell' Irving would join the Lakers this summer.

The 2018-19 season did not end the way Irving or the Celtics expected it to coming out of training camp, but it doesn't seem like noise suggesting Irving's departure is as ironclad as a public declaration of his intent to re-sign, even if it was eight months ago. 

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"Game of Zones" pokes fun at Celtics' chemistry issues in latest episode

"Game of Zones" pokes fun at Celtics' chemistry issues in latest episode

It's not usually a good thing to be the subject of an episode of Bleacher Report's original series "Game of Zones," and this week the Celtics' chemistry issues were the focus. 

Boston's talent was not the reason they finished fourth in the Eastern Conference or why they were handled in the second round by the Bucks in five games. They could never seem to put it all together on a consistent basis. 

"Game of Zones" makes light of all the problems Brad Stevens faced by having him turn into a White Walker type of being like they've depicted Spurs coach Gregg Popovich in the past. 

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In the video you have Danny Ainge lusting over all of his draft picks, Terry Rozier bickering with Marcus Morris about his role, Kyrie Irving acting non-commital and Jayson Tatum hesitating to give up his 'Mamba Mentality."

These episodes have plenty of references from the HBO series "Game of Thrones," so if you're a Thrones fan and a Celtics fan who can look back and laugh at the problems that faced this team, then I'd highly recommend giving the episode a look. 

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