The Celtics got some much-needed good news ahead of their Tuesday night game against the Mavericks, as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were both named to this year’s NBA All-Star game as reserves. It’s Tatum’s second All-Star nod, and Brown’s first.
Tatum has been the Celtics leading scorer this season, averaging a career-high 26 points per game entering Tuesday night, in addition to seven rebounds and five assists. He missed a week earlier in the season due to COVID, but has had a minimal drop off in production since returning. This is his second-straight All-Star appearance.
Brown will make his first All-Star appearance in his home town of Atlanta. The 24-year-old is averaging a career-best 25.5 points per game this season with six rebounds and four assists. He’s shooting over 40 percent from three, which he’s never done before for a full season.
This year’s NBA All-Star Game is set to be played Sunday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m.. The full roster is available here. Unlike past years, where the skill competition and dunk contest are held the night before the game, this year they’ll take place earlier in the day on Sunday.
As much as the Celtics’ roster talent has been discussed in recent days, they’re actually in rare company when it comes to All-Stars. They are just one of seven NBA teams with multiple players playing in the game.
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