Rookie Jayson Tatum had a posterizer dunk against the Minnesota Timberwolves big-man Karl-Anthony Towns when the Wolves visited the TD Garden.
It was one of those games when both teams were shooting cold from the field especially in the three-point territory. Minnesota shoots an awful 7-of-23 from the rainbow land while the Celtics had much worst with 6-of-36.
Probably Jayson Tatum had already that feeling that shooting from outside the paint won’t work for them and decided to do something else.
With less than five minutes remaining in the first quarter where the Timberwolves still up 10-9, the second overall pick of the 2017 NBA draft decided to drive strong as he drive to the basket. Al Horford saw the cutting Tatum and without hesitation he passed the ball to the rookie.
Karl-Anthony Towns was supposed to be guarding the paint but his defensive position was slightly stretched as Aron Baynes was waiting for a kick-out pass in the corner three-point area.
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Towns was too late to stop the neophyte Celtics player and he is most likely ended up in a poster. That dunk pumped up the arena as well as Tatum’s teammates and slowly found their shooting shot especially Marcus Smart who led the guys wearing green in scoring with his 18 points.
However, that play might also awaken the beast inside Towns as the young forward from Kentucky dropped a rare 20-20 performance. Towns logged 21 points and 23 rebounds along with his two blocked shots.