Tatum was glaring in the direction of the Bucks bench when a euphoric Brown blindsided him and wrapped him in his arms.
The 20-year-old rookie had just calmly drained a late-clock, midrange jumper over Middleton to put Boston out front in the final minute of Sunday’s game, and, as the hosts called timeout, Tatum and Brown exulted near midcourt.
At the combined age of 41 — the same as Celtics coach Brad Stevens — these are not the sort of moments Brown and Tatum are supposed to be owning.
“That’s the best part about [the playoffs],” Tatum said. “It brings something out of you. Just an extra ounce of competitiveness and intensity.”
Analysis: Bill Parcells used to say he did not like QBs who had not started a lot of games in college. Mark Sanchez came under scrutiny when he was drafted after starting just 16 games. Mitchell Trubisky also drew questions last year for starting just 13 games.
Once you get to the 20-start mark, this becomes less of a question. That means you have started for the better part of two years. None of the quarterbacks at the top of this year’s draft have experience questions.
“We know people are saying, ‘They’re a 2-seed, but that’s the best 2-seed you can play. They’re missing four key guys.'” Larkin said.
“You can think it’s going to be easy — you may think that — but we’re still going to fight. The guys on this roster just keep fighting.”
Fantasy star Clayton Kershaw is on the hill, and two more southpaws are worth a look as rentals, with the potential for longer stints of value.
Eduardo Rodriguez (L), rostered in 35 percent of ESPN leagues, Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays: The high-strikeout, high-walk hurler has lived up to that name so far with 20 and seven, respectively, through three starts, but he’s flashing the brilliance he showed through various injuries and mechanical issues in recent seasons. Even if Josh Donaldson (shoulder) returns, he might not be at 100 percent, and the Jays have scuffled to a .352 slugging percentage against left-handers so far.