- Mar 31, 2013
I'd say that skill-wise Kawhi and Tatum are pretty close. The thing that stood out about that Kawhi run was his terminator-like confidence in himself and his ability to drone out all the noise and just kill it every night that I think Tatum still needs to get to (and perhaps he does that this series). Tatum can still get psyched out by bad refereeing and physical defense, on occasion.I don't think there's as big a gap between 2019 Kawhi and now Tatum as is commonly believed (Tatum is a much, much better passer), and that supporting cast for Toronto was really, really good as a supporting cast.
If healthy, I say Boston, but it's quite close, and mostly based on how the healthy 2022 Celtics have blown out everyone, and have had the top point differential in the playoffs even without health, and playing by far the toughest playoff schedule.