The Boston Celtics might not have won on Tuesday night but Jayson Tatum fought his way to a quality performance.
But the C’s got some quality performances from all over the court. Kemba Walker was his dominant self, Jaylen Brown continued to play well even on injured ankles, and Marcus Smart was a pest on defense.
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There is a noticeable absence in Jayson Tatum. What could have been a horrible game ended up showing off the evolution of Tatum.
Tatum’s shot was off from the start of the game. The poor guy even air-balled a free throw.
But Tatum kept going. If he couldn’t shoot he started driving to the rack and causing fouls. Free throws are much easier to make than contested 3’s. Now Tatum’s free throw percentage could be higher but he showed the possibilities of his game on Tuesday night.
Tatum is going to be a star. He is headed to his first all-star game and is one of the main scorers for the Boston Celtics. Tatum is going to start getting the star calls. The type of calls Harden was getting on Tuesday night.
So Tatum needs to keep driving to the rim. even though he shot less than 40 percent from the field he still ended the night with 15 points because he was able to get to the line.
This was the one thing that hurt Tatum’s game in recent years. He wouldn’t get the calls and was forced to take mid-range shots. Now he has earned the respect of NBA refs.
Jayson Tatum needs to keep driving. If he does he will become an even more dangerous player and help the Celtics win games all by himself.