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Celtics present the Warriors with the NBA championship

Almost five minutes remained in game 5 on Monday when a light confrontation took place: Jayson Tatum, preparing for a practice shot as the Celtics headed into the huddle for a time-out, was crippled by Draymond Green and pursued by fellow warrior Gary Payton II.

It was the kind of hounding and under-the-skin tactics that Green, in particular, is notorious for. and it prompted Tatum to hold onto the ball until his spot on the bench when he refused to let Green have it.

Going 5-1 in the crucial fourth period, Tatum essentially took his ball and went home in that order. And in a way, that would be a much safer, better strategy than what ultimately played out and the Celtics lost in Game 5.

Jayson Tatum

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