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Feb 23, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shake hands after the game at Staples Center. The Lakers defeated the Celtics 114-112. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

Jayson Tatum continues to put the NBA on notice, and his performance Sunday afternoon was good enough to earn a call out from LeBron James.

The NBA’s third all-time leading scorer took to Instagram after the Lakers win over the Celtics to praise Tatum as “an absolute problem.”

That boi to the left of me is an ABSOLUTE PROBLEM!! Keep going #YoungKing???????? #OnelegSleeveGang lol ????????????????????

409.5k Likes, 3,068 Comments - LeBron James (@kingjames) on Instagram: "That boi to the left of me is an ABSOLUTE PROBLEM!! Keep going #YoungKing???????? #OnelegSleeveGang lol..."

James captioned the post “That boi to the left of me is an ABSOLUTE PROBLEM!! Keep going #YoungKing #OnelegSleeveGang lol.”

Tatum tied his career-high with 41 points in the 114-112 Lakers win. He was 12-of-20 from the field, and hit 4-of-7 three pointers.

Older Celtics fans will remember when Paul Pierce was in the early stages of his career and put up 42 points against the Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant Lakers in 2001. It was after that game that Shaq dubbed Pierce ‘The Truth,’ a nickname that stuck for the rest of his career.

Will history repeat itself? Jayson ‘The Absolute Problem’ Tatum is a bit of a mouthful, but it has a nice ring to it.

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