NY Knicks and Boston Celtics Playoff Series Preview

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Jayson Tatum vs Julius Randle should produce fireworks for NY Knicks fans

If this series were to occur, we would be presented with a duel between two all-stars that both mean a great deal to their respective cities.

In regard to Tatum, he’s definitely had a great season putting up 26.4 points per game with 7.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists.

While Tatum will obviously be the team leader come playoff time when it comes to putting points on the board, he will also be relied upon to make the role players better and help them impact the game on both sides of the floor.

With Kemba having one of his worst seasons in years and Jaylen Brown being absent, the pressure on Tatum has definitely been exacerbated.

I’m just going to come out and say it. Julius Randle is New York’s biggest hero since Carmelo Anthony.

He’s averaging 24 points per game this season along with 10.3 boards and 5.9 assists. All team highs.

He’s not just another Kristaps Porzingis who puts up numbers in losing efforts either.

While Randle has been a menace all season, he would simply be too much to handle for any defense the Celtics throw his way.

Boston’s current starting power forward is the aforementioned Jayson Tatum who at 202 pounds weighs over 40 pounds less than Julius Randle.

In an iso-type matchup, Randle can easily exploit Tatum and score down in the post or kick it out to Reggie Bullock or RJ Barrett for a corner three.