Jayson Tatum strutted into the tunnel at TD Garden,
raising both arms elatedly as adoring fans belted shrieks of joy celebrating his cutting layup
at the buzzer of Boston’s 115-114 win over Brooklyn.
One woman held a white poster board with a message scribbled in green that said: “In Tatum We Trust”.
Tatum showed exactly why on that final play in front of the sellout crowd of 19,156,
closing out a sequence that perfectly illustrated the level of teamwork
the Celtics needed to overcome a 15-2 run at the start of the fourth quarter
and an unconscious 39-point effort from Boston villain Kyrie Irving — to seize a 1-0 lead in this first-round series.
That play leads off our five takeaways as we try to catch our breath
Celtics-Nets Game 1
in anticipation of Wednesday’s Game 2 at TD Garden: