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'Playoff Jay' on display in Celtics' blowout of Pacers

'Playoff Jay' on display in Celtics' blowout of Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS -- For most of the regular season, there have been questions - legit ones - about Jayson Tatum’s aggressiveness.

That wasn’t an issue in the unexpected beatdown of the Indiana Pacers on Friday night, a game in which Tatum tallied 22 points on 9-for-19 shooting with seven rebounds, three steals, two assists and a blocked shot.

And if you believe Tatum, the breakout game was just one of what he anticipates will be a series of difference-making, high-impact performances on his part that will spill into the postseason.

“Playoff Jay,” quipped Tatum to NBC Sports Boston. “Hopefully I can keep it up.”

For those who don’t remember, Tatum was arguably Boston’s best player in the postseason a year ago when the Celtics shocked the basketball world and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals only to come up short in Game 7 to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

In 19 playoff games, Tatum averaged a team-best 18.5 points a year ago as a rookie, shooting 47.1 percent from the field.

Of course, those numbers came without Kyrie Irving or Gordon Hayward around due to injuries. They're both back this season and playing some of their best basketball right now. 

Still, how well they play won’t affect Tatum’s impact, particularly when he is being as aggressive, as we saw on Friday night against the Pacers. 

Tatum seemed eager to attack each and every matchup that was in his favor, beating players to the rim with his dribble-drive game. And when they tried to take that away, he made them pay with his 3-point shot. 

“I thought it was more off of cuts and attacking closeouts, but he did a good job with that, a really good job with that,” said coach Brad Stevens.

It was a preview of Playoff J, for sure. 

“I’m trying to be better,” Tatum said. “I know it’s that time of the year. I’m trying to be aggressive, be the best player I can be. It’s that time of the season.”

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Celtics rookie Romeo Langford throws out first pitch at Portland Sea Dogs game

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Celtics rookie Romeo Langford throws out first pitch at Portland Sea Dogs game

The Portland Sea Dogs had a special guest for Tuesday night's game at Hadlock Field.

Boston Celtics rookie Romeo Langford was in the house to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The C's first-round pick's toss sailed just a bit outside, but it could've been much worse.

Watch below:

At least the Celtics won't have to worry about Langford leaving to pursue a baseball career.

Langford is part of an exciting young core in Boston and already has built a rapport with fellow C's rookies Grant Williams, Carsen Edwards, and Tremont Waters this summer. It'll be fun to see how he and the rest of the young guns fit in on an intriguing team that's approaching the 2019-20 campaign with cautious optimism.

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Watch Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum star in 'NBA 2K20' MyCareer trailer

Watch Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum star in 'NBA 2K20' MyCareer trailer

Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum have been busy traveling with Team USA for the FIBA World Cup, but it looks like they found time this summer to work on their acting chops.

Both Boston Celtics stars appeared and had lines in the new trailer for the upcoming "NBA 2K20" video game's MyCareer mode. For those out of touch with the video game world, MyCareer is a story mode that allows players to build their own characters and work their way up through the NBA ranks in what essentially is a half-movie, half-gameplay experience.

This year's edition, titled "When The Lights Are The Brightest," was produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter and features popular names such as Idris Elba and Rosario Dawson.

Watch the trailer below:

Along with the MyCareer trailer, Walker and Tatum also made appearances in the game's "Next Is Now" gameplay trailer earlier this month. Walker boasts an 88 overall rating in the game while Tatum has a rating of 85 he's none too pleased with.

Fans will be able to get their hands on "NBA 2K20" and try the impressive-looking MyCareer mode out for themselves on Sept. 6.

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