Without a divine Devin Booker (51 points) against Chicago, Jayson Tatum would have been the MVP of the evening. We can even give him the title of co-MVP of the night as the performance of the Celtics winger against Miami was superb with 49 points, and 11 rebounds, 15/25 in shooting and 8/12 in 3-pts .
No superfluous dribbling, no isolations, the All-Star let the game come to him (only one loose ball), either to hit from afar or to provoke the defense in transition.
“He continues to make the right choice”notes and rejoices the coach Joe Mazzulla for Mass Live. “He takes first-line shots, he leads transitions, he goes to the free throw line. His game is complete and he opens possibilities for others. »
In detail, this gives 16 points in the first quarter, then 12 in the second, we add 13 in the third before concluding with 8 in the last. All under the “MVP” of the spectators, charmed by the performance of Jayson Tatum, himself moved by this honor.
” It is very important for me “he confesses for NBC Sports. “I dreamed of this when I was a kid. So hearing it in front of my audience, from the best fans in the world, holds a special place in my heart. I love this place, I love being there and when I hear that, I get chills. »
For Malcolm Brogdon, there is no doubt: the 2022 finalist, with his big individual statistics and Boston’s record (18-4) which dominates the league, has everything to be the best player of the season.
” It’s incredible “, recounts the Indiana elder. “He is improving a lot every year. When you see his level last season and now that he is among the candidates for the MVP trophy, it is quite amazing. He has to be the leader in the MVP race, that’s obvious. He plays at a superstar level. »