‘Never seen anyone keep Kevin Durant straight and block his shot!’: Jayson Tatum held the Slim Reaper to just 4 points on 38 possessions in Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs
One of the biggest takeaways from Game 1 between the Celtics and Nets was Jayson Tatum’s great defense against Kevin Durant.
Game 1 of the first-round playoff series between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets turned out to be one of the best games in playoff history.
It had it all, be it intensity, physicality, great offensive and defensive prowess from both teams, and a crazy finish at the buzzer to close the game.
The star-studded match between Kevin Durant and Jayson Tatum was what everyone was waiting for and it didn’t disappoint. The two started the game guarding each other much to the delight of NBA legend Jamal Crawford.
Tatum and KD have been a good match from the start. I love to see it!!
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) April 17, 2022
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Tatum put the pliers on Durant and made his life difficult on the offensive side
Let’s face it, there aren’t many players in the world who can keep ‘The Slim Reaper’. Durant makes it ridiculously easy to score, often leaving his defenders embarrassed.
Simply put, Durant is arguably the greatest scorer in NBA history. In Game 1 however, Durant struggled, making just 9 of his 24 shots and committing 6 turnovers.
Jayson Tatum is a generational goalscorer and that makes people forget that he’s elite in two categories not often found among superstars:
✅ Defense: 1 STL, 2 BLK & held Kevin Durant at 2-6 with 4 TO.
✅ Durability: ≈ 4 games missed per season due to injurypic.twitter.com/qKyVk6jjIU
— Ahaan Rungta (@AhaanRungta) April 18, 2022
In order to limit what Durant can do with the basketball in his direct offense, someone had to step in and take on the difficult task of guarding him.
24-year-old Boston Celtics superstar Jayson Tatum raised his hand and accepted the challenge upfront and the boy paid for it. He held Durant to just 4 points on 2/6 FG and made him commit 4 turnovers on the 38 possessions he kept.
Not only that, he also dropped 31 points and scored the game-winning layup to put the Celtics up 1-0 in the series.
Jayson Tatum and the Celtics beat Kevin Durant in Game 1! Carry on the hell… pic.twitter.com/WCKpc885Pc
—Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) April 18, 2022
While it was Tatum who got the last laugh in this game, it will be interesting to see how Durant responds in Game 2.
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