BOSTON — Early in the first quarter of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and Cavaliers, right after Jayson Tatum banged home the first of his three 3-pointers on the night ESPN’s color commentator and notorious cliche machine Mark Jackson offered this poignant (sarcasm font) commentary on the 19 20 year old Celtics phenom.
“The thing that impresses me most about him is he doesn’t play like a rookie,” Jackson said as if he was the first person alive to ever make this case.
Now we could brush this off simply as the type of empty platitude we’ve come to expect from Jackson on a nightly basis but in this case we’re willing to give him a pass. Because even those of us who’ve watched every second of Tatum’s brief but brilliant NBA career are running out of things to say.
CLNS Media’s Nick Gelso, Jimmy Toscano and Jacob Tobey try their best to come up with new ways to describe Tatum’s greatness.
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