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How to stop LeBron? ‘I don’t know,’ says Celtics rookie Tatum

Agence France-Presse
How to stop LeBron? ‘I don’t know,’ says Celtics rookie Tatum


Boston's rookie sensation Jayson Tatum says the Celtics hope to figure things out against the Cavaliers


BOSTON, United States – As the Boston Celtics advance to the NBA Eastern Conference finals, they face a force in LeBron James, who’s playing potentially his highest-scoring playoff in history.

The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar carried his squad throughout the playoffs with averages of 34.3 points – second to his 35.3-point average in 2009 – on top of 9.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.0 block. 

So how will the Celtics shut down James?

Boston’s standout rookie Jayson Tatum gave his honest reply: “It is my first year. I don’t have the answer. I am going to enjoy this tonight and then go to practice tomorrow and figure it out.”

Al Horford said they will be ready.

“People from the outside probably didn’t expect much from us. But I’ve seen the way these guys prepare and they want to be great.”

Tatum scored the go-ahead layup as the Celtics punched their ticket to the conference finals with a 114-112 Game 5 win over Philadelphia. 

Tatum made it 111-109 after catching a pass from Marcus Smart under the basket, then Terry Rozier helped seal the win by making a pair of clutch free throws with 9 seconds left as the Celtics eliminated the Sixers 4 games to one.

“We got a lot of heart and a lot of talent on this team, nobody expected us to get this far,” said Tatum.

The Celtics advanced to the NBA’s final four to face James and the Cavaliers for the second straight year for a berth in the finals.

Both the Celtics and Cavaliers have undergone roster overhauls since the Cleveland ousted the Celtics in 5 games last year. Only 4 players on each side remain from that series. –

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