Duke in the NBA: Blue Devils Gear Up For Game Seven

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 22: Jayson Tatum
MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 22: Jayson Tatum /

It has been a strange NBA Playoffs but as the First Round comes to a close, there is a monster Game Seven tonight in Boston and there are two Duke players who are ready to lay it all on the line.

It’s the best two words in sports, Game Seven.

Tonight at 8:00 PM/E.T. it’s the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks facing off in the TD Garden to see who will play the Philadelphia 76ers.

Jayson Tatum has been a force for the Celtics, averaging 14.7 points per game. Tatum’s best game of the postseason came in his very first game in Game 1, where the Celtics won 113-107 in overtime.

Tatum scored 19 points to go along with 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals, and a block.

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The moment hasn’t been too big for Tatum all season, but now in his first Game 7, it’ll be interesting to see how he reacts.

On the opposite side of the court, it’ll be Jabari Parker lacing it up for the Bucks. Parker was very frustrated with his lack of playing time in the first two games of this series, but interim Head Coach Joe Prunty gave Parker some more minutes and he has excelled.

Also in his first ever postseason, Parker is averaging 10.2 points per game on 44% shooting.

After getting a minutes increase was when Parker put forth his best three games of the series.

In Game 3, he had 17 points and five rebounds in a 116-92 win for the Bucks. Parker then followed that performance with a 16 point and seven rebound game in Game 4 which was another victory for the Bucks.

Jabari then took his act back to Boston where he scored 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds, but the Bucks fell to Boston 92-87.

Both the Celtics and the Bucks need Tatum and Parker to play very well and efficiently tonight in hopes of moving on to face the red-hot 76ers in the Second Round.

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