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Jayson Tatum's dunk put LeBron James on a poster one year ago today

Jayson Tatum's dunk put LeBron James on a poster one year ago today

The Boston Celtics have a potentially treacherous offseason ahead. But let's remember the good times, shall we?

At this time last year, the scrappy Celtics had pushed LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.

The C's fell short in that Game 7 on May 27, 2018 ... but not before Jayson Tatum put himself on the map. Here's the play that's still talked about today: The Celtics rookie dunking all over James in the fourth quarter.

Can we see that again in a 360-degree, slo-mo replay?

Tatum put the best player in the world on a poster -- literally in this case, as the 21-year-old has a "big-ass picture" of the play in his house.

Tatum called that dunk his "most memorable play ever" and "the best thing I've ever done in basketball" in a recent interview with NBC Sports Boston's Kyle Draper.

"I probably watched it two million times," Tatum admitted. "I look at different things. The crowd’s reaction. Marcus Morris is right under the basket. Paul Pierce was on the baseline. He almost jumped onto the court."

Quite the moment for a kid who grew up watching James as a kid.

Plenty has changed in the 365 days since that dunk; James' Los Angeles Lakers missed the playoffs entirely, while Tatum's Celtics flamed out in the second round to raise questions about Boston's future.

But Tatum will always have that poster.

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Team USA highlights: Kemba Walker-led Celtics trio lights up Australia

Team USA highlights: Kemba Walker-led Celtics trio lights up Australia

Off-court chemistry is nice and all, but Boston Celtics fans just want to see their Team USA representatives get buckets.

Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown happily obliged Thursday morning.

The trio of Celtics players all played key roles in helping Team USA defeat Australia 102-86 in Melbourne in a tune-up game ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Walker led the charge, dropping a game-high 23 points on 9-of-22 shooting while adding six rebounds and one assist. Check out some of his highlights below:

Tatum and Brown were heavily involved, too, playing significant minutes alongside Walker in the third quarter as Team USA pulled away to take a double-digit lead. The two even connected for a sweet alley-oop early in the fourth quarter.

Tatum racked up 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting with three rebounds and four assists, while Brown also tallied 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting with six boards and a nice block on a Patty Mills layup attempt.

Walker, Brown and Tatum all logged over 20 minutes of playing time and combined for 45 of Team USA's 102 points, a sign that the Celtics' American contingent isn't just there for decoration.

Smart didn't suit up in the exhibition match as he recovers from a calf injury, but his Celtics teammates represented the Green quite well against Aron Baynes (eight points, six rebounds) and the Aussies.

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WATCH: Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown connect for sweet Team USA alley-oop

WATCH: Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown connect for sweet Team USA alley-oop

Want an enticing preview of the Boston Celtics' 2019-20 season? Head down to Melbourne, Australia.

That's where Team USA battled Team Australia on Thursday morning in a tune-up game for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

The Celtics have four players on Team USA -- Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart -- and all except Smart saw significant playing time in the Americans' 102-86 win.

And wouldn't you know it, but Tatum and Brown provided one of the highlights of the game, as the former found his Celtics teammate for a nifty alley-oop in the fourth quarter.

Brown's dunk was part of a strong Team USA run that helped the visitors pull away for a double-digit win.

Both Brown and Tatum finished with 11 points in the game, while Walker dazzled with a game-high 23 points on 9-of-22 shooting.

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