The three-time All-Star made a defiant statement, saying he isn’t ready for the season to be over. Here’s what he told ESPN:
“The mindset is to do whatever it takes to win. At most we got two games left, you know, and I’m not ready for the season to be over with. So, you know, get some rest tonight, be ready tomorrow and you know do whatever it takes.”
Tatum hasn’t been as efficient as he would’ve liked in the finals. He has averaged 23.2 points per game on 36/45/64 splits while committing 3.6 turnovers per contest. The Celtics star has received plenty of criticism for his inconsistent performances.
Tatum hasn’t paid much attention to the criticism, though. Here’s what he said regarding this:
“I’m not watching TV. I’m not on social media, on Twitter. When I come home, I’m playing basketball in the driveway with Duece or watching a movie.
“So I’m not paying attention to any of that, what people are saying or not saying. You know that’s (criticism) is always gonna be there. That’s just part of what we do.”
Jayson Tatum is key to the Boston Celtics’ hopes of forcing a Game 7
Jayson Tatum has been instrumental in helping the Boston Celtics get to the NBA Finals. He has matured immensely, understanding his role as a leading player on a title-contending team.
Tatum has learned to make adjustments to his game, improving his defensive play and his playmaking. However, he has struggled to replicate that during the NBA Finals.
During Game 5, there were several instances where Tatum rushed into shots early on the shot clock. His inability to make quick decisions led to turnovers, which contributed to the Boston Celtics’ loss.
Boston coach Ime Udoka outlined that Jayson Tatum has been hunting for fouls, which is something the latter needs to stop doing.
Tatum needs to use his size and length to his advantage over smaller defenders to shoot over them. He also has to be more cautious when driving to the rim, as the Warriors’ defense has found success limiting him in that area.