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Celtics’ Jason Tatum on MVP Talk: “I mean, it’s always been my dream”

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After an underwhelming effort throughout most of the game’s run, the Celtics They fought their way back from a 15-point deficit in front of Oklahoma City Thunder And went up to win 126-122. The thrilling victory was Boston’s seventh in a row, and with it, the Celtics boast the best record in the league. The only common thread during the Celtics’ winning streak has been the leadership and performance of Jayson Tatum, who has continued to build a case to be considered a legitimate MVP candidate.

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Beyond just playing good on an individual level, the Celtics win behind his contributions. Based on the stats, they play some of the best offense the NBA has seen, with an offensive rating of 120.2; This would be an NBA record. They’ve been moving the ball with joy and energy, and it’s paying off. The Celtics are a well-oiled offensive machine, and Jason Tatum is at the heart of it, leading the team in scoring (31.9 ppg), rebounding (7.4 rpg) and ranking second in assists (3.9 apg) trailing only the lead guard Marcus is smart.

MVP cheers rained from the TD Garden stands as Tatum climbed to the free throw line in the fourth quarter, with the Celtics putting the finishing touches on their comeback win. Tatum scored 10 of Boston’s 37 points in the fourth quarter. Of course, Tatum heard them, as well as all the gossip in the media about his candidacy. “I mean, it was always my dream,” Tatum said of the MVP prospect. “It is an honor to be mentioned or thought of as my player of the year award.”

According to BetOnline.ag, is the favorite over Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steve Curry and Joel Embiid, and although the praise is nice, it is not the goal he has set his eyes on. “It wasn’t like my goal going into the season, you know?” Tatum said. “I wanted to play at MVP level, which meant playing great basketball, being efficient and being on one of the best teams… My goal, and I’ve said it all all summer and pre-season, is to get back to the Finals and never have that feeling again.”

Coach Joe Mazzola has referred to losing the Finals as motivation and fuel for his competitive firing, which only makes sense.

“Along the way, if we win enough games and I play well enough and can win (MVP), that’s obviously a dream come true… But for me, at one point this summer I didn’t say I wanted to win MVP. I just More than that, I want to play at this level and influence the game at both ends of the day and night and do what I can to help us win matches.”

To his credit, he walks the walk and talks the talk, and in a game where he was struggling a bit from the field, Tatum was still impacting the game in other ways, especially by putting his head down and also getting to the line as a beast on the defensive glass. Despite the night of the shooting, Tatum said his goal was to “continue to impact the game, keep bouncing, try to deflect, steal, get blocks, put players, put up screens, get into the lane, find someone open, and still have My mark is on the game. In the end, just find a way to win, that’s what’s most important. We’re playing very well now and trying to keep up. So at the end of the night look up and if we win, you know I’m satisfied.”

Playing the right way, effort and energy will win matches, and that’s exactly what Tatum does. Winning the MVP award is, once again, one of the highest accolades and accolades the game of basketball can give to an individual. Tatum knows this, but he’s not overly focused on individual stats or performance, he’s more about the bottom line. Is Jayson Tatum playing at the MVP level now? Sure, one might say that. But most importantly, he plays like a champ.

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