After tearing through the East in the playoffs and winning the inaugural Larry Bird Eastern Conference Finals MVP award, Jayson Tatum was locked in for the 2022 NBA Finals. It was the Celtics star’s first appearance in the championship series and he recognized the significance of the moment. “It still doesn’t even seem real right now,” Tatum said. “Regardless of how long I’ve been in the league, I’m not too far removed from when I was in high school and when I was dreaming about moments like this.” Tatum battled brilliantly against the Golden State Warriors, averaging 21.5 points, 7.0 assists and 6.8 rebounds in the six-game series. Though Boston fell short of another banner, the team continues to be a contender with Tatum in the lineup.
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