Analyst Rips Celtics Jayson Tatum: ‘Pathetic’


Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics

On June 2, the Boston Celtics defeated the Golden State Warriors in the first game of the NBA Finals, despite a poor night of shooting from Jayson Tatum.

The 24-year-old All-NBA wing didn’t reach his usual heights at the offensive end of the court, shooting just 17.6% on three shots out of seventeen. However, instead of his usual outbursts, Tatum emerged as a playmaker, dishing out 13 assists to help his team to a 120-108 win while maintaining some defence.

Still, for some, Tatum’s shot numbers were all that mattered and his struggles opened the door to a barrage of criticism from the media, most notably from Fox Sports’ Skip Bayless.

“Your husband was three out of seventeen, that’s 17.6%, one out of five out of three, are you kidding me? … I must tell the truth. For a guy who’s going to be a superstar soon, he’s about to, he’s got a seat with his name on it, I have to give it a D as in dog because that was something, you know what. That was pathetic.” Bayless said on a recent episode of The Undisputed.

Tatum not worried about bad shooting night

For all his struggles on the field in the first game of the finals, Tatum wasn’t concerned about his individual stats. For now, the Celtics are focused on winning a championship and understand that it takes a team effort to do so, which is why he became a willing passer on June 2nd.

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“I had a bad night of shooting. I just tried to influence the game in other ways. We’re in the championship. We’re in the final. All I worried about was trying to get a win and we did it. That’s all that matters at this point,” Tatum told reporters after the game. “I’m just reading the play. They do a great job of helping out and things like that. So, you know, it’s obviously just as easy as pulling two and finding someone who’s open. I just tried that.”

Tatum has had a hugely successful postseason, especially considering he’s the team’s primary option on offense. In 19 playoff games, the St. Louis native averaged 26.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.3 assists on 43.4% shots from the field and 36.9% from deep.

Udoka is pleased with Tatum’s impact

If not long ago Tatum was struggling to hit the ball, he would have become a shell of the player he can be. But in the face of adversity, the budding Superstar found other ways to influence the game and made his teammates better in the process.

Speaking to the media after Boston’s win, head coach Ime Udoka noted that Tatum’s ability to diversify his game when his shot is off is something they’ve been working on all season.

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“We’ve talked about it all year and I’ve spoken to him at length about how he can affect the game when he’s not having his best offensive night. He did that tonight. Obviously going three out of seventeen, that’s not usually going to happen. What he did well and early on was involve others.

7 assists out of 9 pretty early in the game, with 13 to go and the shots aren’t coming, he’s still drawing a lot of attention and making the right plays. I love his growth and progression in the areas where he’s still on guard defensively, still involving others, not sulking about his shots and trying to play through some mistakes and physicality they played with him,” Udoka said .

The Celtics will play Game Two of the NBA Finals on Sunday, June 5 as they attempt to take a two-game lead in the series and put pressure on the Warriors, who return to Boston for Games three and four .

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