It was all coming together for Jayson Tatum Friday night — the raw talent, the aggressiveness coexisting with composure, the hard-earned lessons that can only be learned on the NBA’s postseason stage — and it was all coming together in such a way that a veteran was recruited to put it all in perspective for us.

“He’s a superstar,” offered Kemba Walker, almost matter-of-factly, after the Celtics had emerged with a 92-87 victory over the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

“He showed it tonight,” he said. “He’s a special kid.”

And yet in delivering perspective about that kid, Walker’s mere presence offers perspective on an entirely different level. This man, this sturdy veteran of nine NBA seasons, turned 30 on May 8. To roll back the clock, then, to when it was Walker who was a kid, a for-real kid, it means he was 11 years old when Adam…





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