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Jayson Tatum named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Tatum earned his third POTW nod of his career, second in 2020-21

Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the week of April 5 - 11.

Tatum averaged 31.5 points on 48.8% shooting, 8.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists in a week where Boston went 3-1.

This included Tatum scoring a career-high 53 points in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. In that game Tatum shot 16-of-25 from the floor, including 6-of-10 from behind the arc, and 15-of-16 at the free throw line. Tatum became youngest player in Celtics history to hit the 50-point mark.

In addition, Tatum grabbed 10 rebounds in that game, becoming the first player since Larry Bird in 1989 to record a 50/10 game for Boston.

This is the second time this season that Tatum has earned Player of the Week (January 5 - 11 was the first nod) and the third time in Tatum’s career he’s been honored with this award.

In the last three games, all Boston victories, Tatum has tallied at least 25 points and 10 rebounds. That’s a career-best streak for Tatum and the longest such stretch for a Celtics player since Paul Pierce in 2003.

For the season Tatum is averaging career-highs in points, rebounds and assists. He’s at 25.7 PPG, 7.1 RPG and 4.2 APG on 45.6/38.0/87.7 shooting splits.

Earlier this season, Tatum earned his second straight All-Star selection. He was named a replacement starter for the game, when Kevin Durant was unable to play. For the 2019-20 season, Tatum was selected to the All-NBA Third Team.

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