Jayson Tatum Makes MVP Case in Celtics’ Christmas Rout

Three thoughts on Boston’s 139–118 Christmas Day drubbing of Milwaukee …

As Christmas Gifts Go, This Was a Lump of Coal

On paper, this was the most compelling game on the NBA calendar: a 1-2 matchup, a possible (probable?) conference finals preview with a pair of MVP candidates in Jayson Tatum and Giannis Antetokounmpo going head-to-head. But a competitive game in the first half quickly turned into a laugher, with Boston outscoring the Bucks 38–25 in the third quarter and Mike Budenholzer waving the white flag with four minutes to play in the fourth.

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