Jayson Tatum Saves the Boston Celtics Season With 46 Points

Saturday, May 14, 2022
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Jayson Tatum Saves the Boston Celtics Season With 46 Points

Jayson Tatum's performance against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday was an improbable miracle. In the fourth quarter‚ he led the Celtics‚ scoring 15 of Boston's final 20 points. Although Giannis Antetokounmpo had a big game‚ he was unable to prevent the Celtics from winning. Tatum scored 15 of his team's final 20 points‚ including a clutch 3-pointer with just four seconds remaining.

Jayson Tatum overshadowed Giannis Antetokounmpo

In the sixth game of the series‚ Jayson Tatum overshadowed Giannas Antetokounmpo with 46 points and a stellar performance by the Boston Celtics. After the game‚ Giannis Antetokounmpo was impressed by his teammate's performance and thanked him for his hard work. During the game‚ Giannis finished with 44 points‚ 20 rebounds‚ and six assists. Giannis Antetokounmpo‚ who is currently in his prime‚ was a key contributor to the Celtics' season‚ but it was his lack of consistency that led to the Boston Celtics forcing a Game 7 against the Milwaukee Bucks. Jayson Tatum has a long way to go before he can reach the NBA Finals‚ and his growth process hasn't always been easy. He can get tangled up in one-on-one matchups and complains too much about no-calls. In Game 5‚ he shot just 12-of-29 from the field and made only two three-pointers. Even though Tatum has some off nights‚ he has a very consistent scoring ability and an excellent defensive presence. But the Boston Celtics are a different story. Jayson Tatum was arguably the team's best player in the first half of the season. He was nearly as good as Giannis‚ and he didn't back down when the Bucks closed in. Despite being behind Giannis Antetokounmpo in scoring‚ Tatum never quit‚ and his performance was vital for the Celtics' comeback. Although Giannis Antetokounmpa was still a top player‚ the Celtics have embraced adversity and play at their best when the other team is down. Jayson Tatum topped Giannis Antetokounmpo in the Boston Celtics season with 46 points‚ nine rebounds‚ and six assists. Jayson Tatum will have a chance to avenge Antetokounmpo's 42-point game against the Bucks in Game 7‚ but he may have to be the catalyst for the Celtics' comeback.

Jayson Tatum played more as a playmaker

Last season‚ Jayson Tatum was not a great playmaker. However‚ he has grown in that area and has looked more comfortable making plays. While his shot still struggles‚ his ability to get a pass out to teammates has improved. The Boston Celtics are in need of a playmaker like Tatum to make the game easier. If he can fulfill that need‚ the Celtics are likely to improve this area of his game. As a rookie‚ Jayson Tatum led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference finals‚ and he only made marginal progress offensively his sophomore season. However‚ he did spend some time working out with Kobe Bryant over the summer. In fact‚ he admitted that he was frustrated with his second season. Though many fans have blamed the Kyrie Irving Experience for the team's struggles‚ Tatum's statistics on isolations suggest otherwise. His average of 0.6 points per possession is last among players with at least 70 isolations. In the fourth quarter‚ the Celtics went a disastrous four-for-13 from beyond the arc. The Celtics rank 23rd in the league with a 33.5 percent rate. Tatum could have prioritized a more isolation scoring role in the fourth quarter‚ but his poor shooting made it hard to use that skill effectively. Tatum's pull-up three has the potential to raise Boston's collective ceiling. Jayson Tatum's 2021-22 season will be remembered as a pivotal season for him. The shocking turnaround that the Celtics experienced this season directly correlates with his course correction. Tatum has become an expert at making split-second decisions that put the team's interests above his own. Tatum is now adept at making decisions in isolation or at the post.

Jayson Tatum scored 15 of Boston's final 20 points

After blowing a big lead in the second half‚ the Boston Celtics came out on the winning end of the series. Jayson Tatum scored 15 of Boston's final 20 points to secure a 1-0 series lead. After a solid regular season‚ Tatum was able to put up big points in the postseason. He scored 31 points‚ grabbed eight rebounds‚ and helped the Celtics force turnovers throughout the game. Against the Lakers‚ Jayson Tatum continued to make his impact known. He scored 16 points in the first half and eight more in the fourth quarter. He shot 67% from the field‚ including 35% from behind the arc‚ and added five assists. Overall‚ he finished with 118 points and 7.3 assists per game. While Tatum was not at his best in Game 5‚ he did manage to find his scoring rhythm late in the game. Tatum drained a deep 3-pointer‚ poured in a fadeaway dunk over Durant and scored seven second-chance points. Jayson Tatum was a major contributor to the Celtics' 3-point shooting. He shot 4-for-4 from beyond the arc in the opening half and finished with 46 points on 17-of-32 shooting (including seven-for-15 from 3-point range). Tatum's 46 points were the second-highest postseason total behind only Paul Pierce's fifty points against Miami last season. The Celtics are now 31-0 in their last four games in which they faced elimination. Despite the Celtics' loss‚ the emergence of Tatum was critical for the Celtics. He paced the team in the fourth quarter and didn't defer to the Bucks when the Bucks chipped away at their lead. Tatum scored 15 of Boston's final 20 points‚ and his performance could be a harbinger of things to come for the Celtics.

Jayson Tatum scored 11 straight points

After an incredible run to start the postseason‚ the Boston Celtics were a distant second in the Eastern Conference. With Kyrie Irving out and Jaylen Brown on the bench‚ Jayson Tatum's 46 points against the Bucks provided a spark. Tatum finished the game with nine rebounds and four 3-pointers to lead the way. His effort ensured that the Celtics would have home court advantage in Game 7 on Sunday. While the Bucks had a huge second half comeback‚ Jayson Tatum was the key to Boston's victory. While Giannis Antetokounmpo had 44 points and 20 rebounds‚ he was held to just six assists and sunk only two of his three attempts from distance. Jayson Tatum‚ meanwhile‚ led the team with 46 points and shot 45.6% from three. He made seven threes and had an incredible night. Despite being blown out by Giannis Antetokounmpo‚ Jayson Tatum played the best game of his career to help Boston advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. Tatum's 46 points led the Celtics to a 108-95 win at Fiserv Forum. Other stellar performances came from Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown. Tatum's stellar fourth quarter was the difference-maker for the Celtics. With the game on the line‚ it was crucial for Tatum to make a decisive shot. After getting fouled‚ the Celtics had a chance to tie the game. Jayson Tatum was on fire‚ converting on four shots and forcing the Bucks coach to make a crucial decision. Tatum's incredible run capped off an improbable season.

Jayson Tatum attacked George Hill head-on to draw foul

After a quick break that saw both teams miss free throws‚ Jayson Tatum attacked George Hill head-to-head and drew a foul. Tatum has two fouls and four points through one half‚ and has made four of his last six three-point attempts. But he's not getting the kind of shots he's looking for. His foul is a crucial one for his stat line. The incident happened at the beginning of the second quarter‚ and the result was that Tatum was called for a foul. Although Tatum's shooting was off‚ he finished with 10 points. He also missed his first six 3-point attempts. The Cavaliers' defense‚ meanwhile‚ forced Tatum to settle for a jumper instead of attacking. Tatum's aggressiveness has earned him more than a few fouls this season. He can drive past smaller defenders and finish around the rim. He can also kick to the perimeter after drawing a foul and forcing them to commit a turnover. Tatum was also targeted on defense by Hill‚ who has been an open space all season. The wing defender has missed significant time this season due to a neck injury. His status has been upgraded to questionable by the end of the first round‚ and it's unclear when he'll be back. The Bucks must win this series to advance to the next round. The series continues on Wednesday night in Boston. When the Celtics' offense slowed down in Game 5‚ they were unable to find the offensive rhythm they needed. Jayson Tatum knew they needed to look for mismatches and isolation. Ultimately‚ they lost the game‚ but Tatum had the perfect answer. With an offense that produced 40 points in the first half‚ the Celtics had more chances to get back into the series.