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Celtics’ Brad Stevens Discusses Impact of Jayson Tatum

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The Boston Celtics have been impressed with the play of rookie forward Jayson Tatum as the team continues to prove it’s an Eastern Conference powerhouse.

Celtics’ head coach Brad Stevens talked about how important and impressive the rookie’s play has been during an appearance on CBS Boston’s 98.5 “The Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand.

“He’s doing a great job for us of just making the right basketball play, and that’s really all we want to ask of him right now,” Stevens said.

“Obviously, there’s gonna be times where we’ll go to him late, where he’s gonna have to make a play in isolation, where he’s gonna have to make a one-on-one play, and he’s certainly capable of doing that.”

Tatum is averaging 13.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while showing a smooth adjustment to the NBA game.

“He’s spacing well when Kyrie has it. He’s moving well when Al [Horford] has it in the post. He does a good job of being able to both play with the ball in isolation and make a play, but also know when to space appropriately and be able to play off others,” Stevens said.

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Celtics’ Jaylen Brown Expects to Come off the Bench

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Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown may be returning to action later this week after missing three straight games due to a tailbone injury, but he expects to come off the bench when he finally does return to the court.

“I believe in my ability,” Brown said, according to MassLive’s Tom Westerholm. “Coaching staff believes in my ability. If coming off bench makes sense – people make it a bigger deal than it really is. At end of the day it’s basketball. (Gordon) Hayward came off the bench & had 30 points. It’s a mindset. It’s a choice.”

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Celtics’ Kyrie Irving Only Wants to Play into Mid-30s in NBA

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Bostons Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving may not have a long storied NBA career, as he plans to hang it up and call it a career far earlier this many may expect.

Irving stated that he only wants to play in the NBA until his early-mid 30s, according to Celtics reported Marc D’Amico.

Irving is the franchise cornerstone for Boston and is posting 22.4 points, 6.4 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game this season for the Celtics.

 

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Celtics Pick Up Options on Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Guerschon Yabusele

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The Boston Celtics have opted to pick up their 2019-2020 team options on Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Guerschon Yabusele, the team officially announced on Wednesday.

Brown’s fourth-year option guarantees his $6,534,829 cap charge for next season, while Tatum will be locked in for a  $7,830,000 cap hit for the 2019-2020 season, both moves considered to be no brainers given their development.

The decision on Yabusele, who hasn’t shown much of anything over 38 games since joining Boston, is a bit more of a surprise, but the Celtics see something in his to warrant their decision to keep him a part of their team moving forward.

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