The 5 best plays of Wednesday’s Celtics-Cavaliers game


From a pair of blocks to Jayson Tatum posterizing Jarrett Allen, Boston benefiting from his star gravity effect and a stingy defense leading two points over the edge, here are the five best plays of the Celtics-Cavaliers game. of Wednesday.

Jayson Tatum denies Kevin’s love on the edge

The Cavaliers go through several plays, trying to catch the Celtics off guard as Kevin Love slips to the basket. With Marcus Smart focused on denying the ball to Darius Garland, Cleveland almost gets two runs on the edge.

But seeing Love cut to the chop, Jayson Tatum comes to the rescue with a well-timed two-footed contest, blocking Love’s dunk attempt while avoiding fouling him.

Celtics defense leads two points over edge

Maybe Caris LeVert should have gone for a dribbling transfer. With Jaylen Brown tight against Donovan Mitchell, the former fends off LeVert’s pass, which ends with Derrick White.

White pushes the pace and Boston has a four-on-two that must end in a basket. It does, as White goes straight for Levert, and Dean Wade’s momentum takes him away from a contest he may not have had much interest in having.

White then drops the ball to Tatum behind him, and Tatum takes care of the rest.

Al Horford takes advantage of Grant Williams corner office

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The Celtics placed screens for Tatum on both sides of his defender, LeVert. Perhaps a more solid screen from White leads to two points for Tatum on the edge. But with LeVert doing well to stay with his mission and Jarrett Allen sucking for the basket, Tatum gets Smart’s lob and immediately sends the ball to an open Al Horford, who buries the shot from the corner.

Tatum puts Jarrett Allen on a poster

Capitalizing on a well-crafted ATO, Tatum comes from the backcourt, picks up a rebound pass from Smart and has plenty of room to continue building momentum as he ventures into the paint without worrying about the backcourt. a defender walking towards the boards. He then posterized Allen, tying the game with 6.7 seconds left.

The recoil of Tatum Swats Mitchell

Brown and Tatum do a great job passing Mitchell to the latter, with the former taking Darius Garland. Mitchell looks in Garland’s direction, but Brown is in the passing lane, and as she finally opens up, the former Utah Jazz star turns to look for his shot, only for his recoil three is crushed by Tatum, forcing overtime.

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