In the final minute of the Celtics' Summer League contest against the 76ers with Boston up by two points, the Celtics moved the ball quickly from Demetrius Jackson to Semi Ojeleye. No one seemed to want the shot. Then Tatum called for the ball, Ojelye found him, and Tatum made an athletic drive at the hoop for the layup.
The Celtics (3-0) went on to beat the 76ers, 88-83.
Tatum and Jabari Bird stepped up for the Boston Celtics after they lost Jaylen Brown to a non-serious thigh bruise. Tatum finished with 15 poins, six rebounds and two assists. Bird added 15 points and eight rebounds while shooting 70 percent from the field.
“A lot of other guys stepped up as well that may not have played as much in Utah and in Vegas before this,” Tatum said Tuesday, via Celtics.com. “For guys who do play a lot, you could see they were kind of fatigued right now. It’s great that our bench came in and helped us win this game.”
And on a night when 2017 third-overall pick played 33 minutes, Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick, played none. Phildelphia shut Fultz down after he suffered an ankle injury.
Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot led the 76ers with 16 points. He also added six rebounds and three assists.
Since Brad Stevens arrived in Boston, sharing the ball has been a strength of the Celtics. But this is a different season and a different roster.
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As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared.
The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.
A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in.
All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.
And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.