To say the Celtics’ current West Coast road trip is off to a strong start would be an understatement. The team has won its first three games against Golden State, Sacramento, and Denver – all by 20-plus point margins.
24-year-old superstar Jayson Tatum has been leading the way in those games, as he has the second half of the season. On Monday, the NBA recognized Tatum’s effort out west by naming him Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
In those three games making up that week, Tatum averaged 29.3 points, while shooting 59.2 percent from the floor and 57.1 percent from three. He also posted 7.7 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game.
This is the seventh time Tatum has been named Player of the Week in his career, the third time this season, and the second time this March alone. He should be the leading contender for the Player of the Month award – in nine games since Mar. 1 he’s averaging 34.2 points per game, which is second in the league behind only Kyrie Irving, who has played less than half as many games.
With his recent performances, including scoring totals of 54 and 44 points earlier this month, Tatum is now averaging 26.9 points per game this season. If he keeps up that pace, he’d set a new career high.
Tatum and the Celtics conclude their West Coast road trip Monday night, taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage begins at 7:30 on 105.7 WROR and the Celtics’ Radio Network.
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