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Jayson Tatum joined this group of Celtics legends by accomplishing rare feat

Jayson Tatum joined this group of Celtics legends by accomplishing rare feat

Jayson Tatum's scoring surge has placed him in a select group of Boston Celtics legends.

The 21-year-old forward scored a game-high 36 points in Tuesday night's win over the Portland Trail Blazers, giving him 250 points in the last eight games. He's only the sixth player in Celtics history to accomplish that feat. Check out the full list in the tweet below:

Sam Jones, John Havlicek and Larry Bird are three of the 50 greatest players in NBA history and Hall of Famers. Paul Pierce will soon join them in the Hall of Fame, and while Isaiah Thomas isn't headed to Springfield, he still had a pretty memorable two-and-a-half years in Boston.

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Tatum certainly is headed in the right direction in his quest to be a Celtics legend. He's averaging 30.3 points and 7.2 rebounds, while shooting 50 percent from the floor and 49.5 percent from 3-point range in 10 February games.

His two best performances over that stretch came against two of the top teams in the league -- the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers. Tatum outdueled Kawhi Leonard and Paul George by scoring 39 points in an overtime victory against the Clippers before the All-Star break. He dropped 41 points on LeBron James and the Lakers in a loss at Staples Center this past weekend. James was so impressed by the performance that he gave Tatum a shoutout on Instagram.

The Celtics are quickly becoming Tatum's team. He's emerged as the No. 1 scoring option with his ability to create offense in a variety of ways. The Celtics are among the top contenders in the Eastern Conference title race, and they will go as far as Tatum takes them.

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NBA's Last Two Minute Report says refs were correct on all calls late in Celtics-Lakers

NBA's Last Two Minute Report says refs were correct on all calls late in Celtics-Lakers

The end of the Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers game was marred by some questionable calls. But in the eyes of the NBA, there were no issues with any of the decisions made by the officials in the final two minutes.

According to our own Chris Forsberg, the NBA's Last Two Minute Report marked all the refs calls at the end of the Celtics game as correct.

Celtics fans may find this hard to believe, but it is, in fact, what the league ruled.

The notable calls that C's fans may disagree with from the final two minutes include the following: An out of bounds call that appeared to go off of Anthony Davis' fingertip but was ruled out off the Celtics, a potential foul by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on Jayson Tatum while chasing a loose ball, and a technical foul called on Brad Stevens.

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Oddly, the video review of the first play isn't referenced in the NBA's report. Perhaps because it was already reviewed by the replay center, the call wasn't included.

However, the other two calls are referenced. The potential Caldwell-Pope foul was called "incidental contact" as the two attempted to secure the ball. You can feel free to judge it for yourself via this link to the video highlight.

As for the Stevens technical, the league simply said that "all technical fouls are reviewed by League Operations", so they didn't give an in-depth explanation on that.

Celtics fans may argue that the technical is the most egregious of the calls because of when it was called. There were 15.5 seconds left in a one-point game and the Lakers had the ball. Had Anthony Davis made the technical free throw and the Lakers made two free throws after, the Celtics would've run the risk of being down two possessions instead of one. 

Thankfully, Davis missed and gave the Celtics a chance to at least tie the game late. But it certainly was a tough time to assess a technical foul.

At the end of the day, the Celtics still had plenty of chances to beat the Lakers. And Tatum had a shot at a game-tying three but couldn't get off the shot and committed an offensive foul. The Celtics may have been frustrated by some calls late, but they will surely move on from these decisions ahead of their Tuesday-night clash with the Portland Trail Blazers.

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NBA Power Rankings: Playoff push begins in earnest now

NBA Power Rankings: Playoff push begins in earnest now

LOS ANGELES — The NBA All-Star break is the unofficial starting point for the second half of the season. 

But more than that, it begins in earnest the playoff push that most of the league’s teams will be focused on. 

Teams near the top are trying to secure home-court advantage for as many rounds as possible, while teams that have been middle of the pack are trying to seal up a postseason spot. 

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And then there are those on the outside looking in, teams that have little to no choice in approaching every game with a must-win mentality. 

Doing those things while keeping players relatively healthy and fresh for a postseason run, creates some difficult decisions for coaches and front-offices this time of year. 

“Trying to keep guys healthy for the playoffs … we call that a good problem,” one Western Conference executive whose team is currently on the outside of the playoff picture told NBC Sports Boston. “It means you’ve played well enough to where the playoffs isn’t a concern; it’s where you end up.”

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