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Jayson Tatum's lofty goal: "I want to be the next Paul Pierce"

Jayson Tatum's lofty goal: "I want to be the next Paul Pierce"

The Paul Pierce-Jayson Tatum comparisons have been around since the Celtics selected Tatum with the No. 3 pick in 2017.

Pierce was quick to recognize it. "He looks like an older version of me," The Truth said even before Tatum's rookie year, referring to how much more developed Tatum's game was in his first season.

Tatum has embraced those comparisons in an ESPN interview with Sam Alipour, stating boldly, "I want to be the next Paul Pierce." 
 

It's part of an ESPN The Magazine feature and interview with Tatum to be broadcast on the C's Christmas Day matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Tatum's Pierce-like goals came in response to a fan at the Natick Mall yelling to the second-year forward,  "We're gonna win a championship with you!" 

So, it seems all Tatum wants for Christmas is to be a key part of a Celtics' NBA title, have his number 0 raised to the Garden rafters, move into the upper echelon of the C's all-time scoring list (Pierce is second behind John Havlicek, Larry Bird is third) and be considered one of the best offensive players in the franchise's storied history.

The journey has just begun.

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DeAndre Hopkins made perfect Paul Pierce comparison after injuring ankle

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DeAndre Hopkins made perfect Paul Pierce comparison after injuring ankle

DeAndre Hopkins was the truth Saturday night. Apparently he still feels that way.

The Houston Texans wide receiver went off for 170 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 10 catches in a win over the New York Jets. He injured his ankle after one of those TD grabs, though, and his teammates actually carried him off the field.

That prompted Hopkins to make a perfect Paul Pierce comparison Tuesday night on Twitter.

You remember the "wheelchair game," right?

That's where the photo on the right is from: Pierce had to be carried off the court by his Boston Celtics teammates in Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals and later was wheeled to the locker room after injuring his knee.

But "The Truth," like Hopkins, returned to the game, finishing with 22 points in a 10-point Celtics win over the Los Angeles Lakers that paved the way for Boston's 17th championship.

The stakes were a little lower for Hopkins on Saturday, but his Texans did earn their 10th win to vault ahead of the New England Patriots for the AFC's No. 2 seed.

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