PMaybe it’s because the NBA is constantly creating benchmarks game after game. For the immediate and automatic impact of a performance for history. Or for the memory of one of its legends. But Jayson Tatum played in Game 6 semi-finals of Eastern Conference his best performance as a player and remembers one of the greats, Kobe Bryant.
Tatum has repeatedly confessed his idolization of Kobe and the fact that he looks more and more like himself on the court is starting to come from comparisons. more and more fair, because the 46 points from the house of the champion to force a seventh game are already from another dimension. There will be kill-kill in the Garden, which the Warriors avoided in their series against the Grizzlies.
Tatum as Kobe Bryant
Tatum’s 46 points in Milwaukee are a work of art in recent NBA history. The scenario could not be more complex than a 3-2, with the current champion. And come on a comeback, because the Celtics were close to being able to complicate their lives in the second half. Tatum was vital on both pitches, and with his ability from the outside plus everything that conditions him in defense, he opened the gap needed. He deserved a seventh game.
It happens to Tatum much like that big chunk of young players with no great result or game-defining game. He’s already done it and if they beat the TD Garden dollars will leave with full guarantees. The 2021-22 NBA playoffs will be remembered like Jayson Tatum’s. By influence, ‘clutch’ and numbers. In Kobe Bryant style, although dressed in green and white.
And in the Garden what?
The Bucks must come out of the sixth game necessarily affected. They could lose, yes. It’s one of the best series in the modern era of the NBA and the equality is remarkable. But when your best player and one of the best in the world (or the best), Giannis Antetokounmpo, scores 44 points and signs a double-double, the least you can hope for is winning. But no, and Tatum pushed them to the limit. Their anthology defense of the fifth was not revealed at the end of the fifth and they returned to Boston without a home factor.
Going to the garden in Game 7 of the Playoffs has to be the closest thing to hell in the NBA. Fire fans, players from another dimension and each failure multiplied its weight. They have ‘defiled’ the ‘green temple’ twice, a third time would directly be historic and unrepeatable. They must apply themselves even more defensively and, above all, stop Jayson Tatum in any way.
These are the Warriors
After the day of embarrassment The Golden State Warriors are back. Leaving no one a sense of infinite superiority, because the Grizzlies without Ja Morant competed in vice -with great performances of Tyus Jones directing and DesMond Bane of the perimeter-, but with that ‘more walking’ that characterizes them. Knowing how to solve problems from his style: the triple and the transition. And particularly activating Klay Thompson for the cause. The second-best shooter of all time is life insured if you look at his physique, and his sixth game is a testament to his qualities.
Curry also managed to take another step forward. Key factor, because its disconnections are worth so far. In the Western Conference finals, they are directly banned, although, as you well know, in Oklahoma and Houston They also cannot be considered dead even if you have them “almost in intensive care”. They will fight for the ring, although Boston and Milwaukee, more with their streak of impressions, take the license to “look over their shoulders” for now.
Paddling to die on the shore
The Grizzlies were “at the gates” (with many quotes) to put the Warriors in trouble. They played the sixth very well and in the line of the whole semi-final they competed spectacularly. Without its big star, Ja Morant, and by activating other young players who can rise to fame within the NBA. Like DesMond Bane, who leaves the Bay with a smile despite his defeat. Was born. Still, there will be no price after playing an intense and sometimes difficult series. Too hard, really.
Sure, that might have been the only way to compete with Curry and company, but what they went through in the early games isn’t to anyone’s taste. Accusations of breaking the code, foul play… We keep the show of the sixth party that up to three minutes remaining all was to decide. Memphis finds itself priceless, Golden State finds its natural place.