NBA All-Star notebook: Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown trash talk; Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons rule out

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A year ago, Boston Celtics fans got a kick out of Jayson Tatum posting up Kemba Walker in the All-Star game. 

“I locked him up, like I told him,” Walker joked after Tatum missed a long fadeaway. Some of the fun of that matchup is that it rarely ever happened in practice, unlike the regular one-on-one sessions between Tatum and Jaylen Brown. In fact, Tatum has spent so much time facing Brown inside the Auerbach Center that he was actually looking forward to a little break from it.  

“I’m sure we’re on the court at the same time, it might happen, but I was thinking about guarding somebody else,” Tatum said. “But if it does happen, I know all of his moves. I know what he’s gonna do, so I ain’t gonna let him score.”