Game 6 needs to be a Jayson Tatum legacy game

The Boston Celtics are in an all-or-nothing situation ahead of Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals tonight. They trail 3-2 to the Golden State Warriors after a fourth-quarter collapse in Game 5 at the Chase Center. This Celtics team once again had to figure out how to fix their offense in Game 6 tonight. But one part who may have the most pressure on his shoulders is Celtics star Jayson Tatum.

Let’s put it into perspective for a second. Jayson Tatum is by far the best player in the Celtics. At the extremely young age of 24, Tatum has already found himself a three-time NBA All-Star and First-Team All-NBA selection this season. But so far he’s been mediocre at best in the finals.

But with Game 6 tonight, everything changes for the Celtics forward. Tatum needs to come out and have a big game. Some might even say it’s a legacy game for Jayson Tatum at this point in his young career. Would you agree with this statement? If not, let me try to convince you that tonight is indeed a legacy game for Jayson Tatum.

The Boston Celtics need a better 4th quarter from Jayson Tatum

When the game is at stake on the biggest stage, you need your star to perform. So far, Tatum just didn’t pull it off in the finals. Tatum is shooting under 25% in the fourth quarter of these NBA Finals. That won’t be enough against a masterful team like the Warriors.

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Is this how Tatum wants to be remembered in his first NBA Finals? As a guy who didn’t make it in the fourth quarter? Absolutely not!

There are only (possibly!) two games left of this NBA season. Tatum needs to be able to close them down so the Celtics have a chance to come back and win the Finals. If Tatum shoots poorly again in the fourth quarter tonight, the Celtics will be in real trouble.

The Boston Celtics know Jayson Tatum is not guaranteed another Finals visit

No matter what happens tonight and possibly Sunday night, the future is bright for the Boston Celtics and Jayson Tatum. But you never know if you’ll ever have an opportunity like this again.

Check out some of the teams that should be the next big thing. Orlando Magic in the mid-’90s starring Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway made it to the finals at a young age, but they never ended up lifting the Larry O’Brien trophy. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden reached the 2012 finals with the Oklahoma City Thunder. They lost and never came back.

The Eastern Conference is still very good. The Milwaukee Bucks will always be a force to beat in the playoffs. The Miami Heat have shown they are real. So who knows if Jayson Tatum and Celtics will make it back to the finals?

That’s the mindset Tatum and the C’s have to play with tonight. He must play as if his legacy is at stake. Does he really want to be known as one of those young guys who were super talented but didn’t make it on the big stage? I do not think so. Buckle up Celtics fans, it’s going to be a busy day. Let’s hope Tatum has another kind of Milwaukee Game 6 performance tonight to expand on this series!

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