After dropping 53 points in a huge comeback win against the Timberwolves last week, Jayson Tatum’s only lament was that his son wasn’t there to see it in person at TD Garden. “He called me after the game and said congrats,” he said. “I guess that means I have to do it again one day.”
Well, it wasn’t exactly a 50-burger, but Tatum had Deuce in the house in what turned out to be a duel between his dad and Steph Curry. Curry outscored Tatum 47-44, including 11-for-19 from behind the arc. For the two-time MVP and three-time NBA champ, that makes it three games of the last four that he’s at least 10 threes in a game.
Tatum is on a tear of his own. Since the trade deadline, the Celtics are 10-3 in large part due to Tatum’s 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists per game. Don’t be surprised if he wins his second consecutive Eastern Conference Player of the Week award.
After the game, Tatum talked about his back-and-forth with Steph Curry. “Just mutual respect. Obviously, it was two big performances, but I was glad that we got the win. He’s one of the all-time greats. To earn his respect and get a win, it was a good night.”
But in the end, it was Tatum that took home the win on national television, in front of a Garden crowd, and more importantly, in front of his son.
“I always love when he’s at the game,” Tatum said of having Deuce in the stands. “He’s kind of a visual representation of what I do it for. Having him watching, knowing that he’s looking up to me, it’s all the motivation in the world right there.”
After the game, Tatum 2.0 joined his dad for his postgame interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols.
Also, check out Tatum’s postgame presser with a little cameo from former Celtic Javonte Green, one of Jayson’s close friends, on FaceTime.