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Bill Russell applauds Jayson Tatum for his dominant run

Feb 16, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Boston Celtics former center Bill Russell in attendance during the 2013 NBA all star shooting stars competition at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Bill Russell had some kind words for Jayson Tatum, following another sizzling performance from the young Celtic. Monday, Tatum scored 30, marking the fourth game in a row that he has notched at least that many points. During the 4-game stretch, Tatum has averaged 33.5 points per game, and the Celtics are 3-1. After last night’s game, Russell tweeted a commendation on Tatum’s work over the past week. 

“All I’m gonna say is I see you @jaytatum0 keep up the hard work! It was a treat watching you put up 37 against the Lakers the other night @celtics@NBA all this in the last 4 games:

34 Points – 9 Rebounds – 5 Assists

37 Points – 11 Rebounds – 2 Assists

33 Points – 8 Rebounds – 5 Assists

30 Points – 6 Rebounds – 3 Assists”

Bill Russell

The Celtics have been getting momentum recently, even through a rash of injuries. Despite Jaylen Brown and Robert Williams missing time, the Celtics are 7-3 in their last ten games. Jayson Tatum has been no small part of that. Upon receiving the Tweet from Bill Russell, Jayson Tatum graciously responded.

“Apprecitae you Goat living legend!”

Jayson Tatum

This season, Tatum is the only player to score 30 or more in 4 consecutive games. With Jaylen Brown back in the lineup, the Celtics may be bringing their team back from the brink. Early in the season, it wasn’t pretty.

Celtics returning to the playoff picture

While the Celtics are riding a hot streak right now, there were significant concerns about the season just a few weeks ago. After starting the season 2-5, issues began springing up between core Celtics players. Particularly, Marcus Smart was imploring Tatum and Brown to get their teammates involved. However, the Celtics’ early season struggles were likely the byproduct of other factors.

First-year head coach Ime Udoka is still finding his footing. On top of that, the Celtics were still trying to find chemistry with the new group. While they may not have solved all their issues, the Celtics seem to be finding their footing right as the season hits full swing. 

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