NEW YORK – Jayson Tatum knows he should probably have gone the ball. After missing a big dunk that would…
NEW YORK – Jayson Tatum knows he should probably have gone the ball.
After missing a big dunk that would have given Boston Celtics a three-point lead at the last minute of a tight contest against New York Knicks on Friday, Tatum dropped the rebound and kicked it out. Immediately, however, he restored his post position against Knick’s guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and began to back down.
Kyrie Irving crosses the color, one by one. Tatum retained support.
Marcus Smart was open at the top of the key. Tatum retained support.
Lance Thomas dropped down and freed Al Horford in the corner. Tatum is held behind.
And finally, with just over 21 seconds left, Tatum turned over his left shoulder and put up a back-back shirt.
Marcus Morris has seen Tatum throw that shot hundreds of times in practice.
“I should have swiped it,” Morris said. “Left shoulder fadeaway on one foot. I already knew it would come.”
But Morris did not guard him. Hardaway made a relatively strong defensive position, shut tight and violated Tatum’s jumper, but Tatum was too long and too long. His shot fell through, barely interfering with the net and gave Celtics a lead of 1
Tatum is aware that his game-winning shot would probably not be so difficult.  “Honestly, I should probably have gone out after missing out,” said Tatum. “But I thought they were ugly. I realized how much time was left, so I just tried to get it done. I just missed the simple one.”
“He should have done the dunk,” says Irving. , chuckling. “He should have made the dunk. I said to him,” I can not dunk it for you. I can only give you the ball. “We’re joking about it, but even when he got the ball back, it was as if three people all shouted at the basket for one side. I was weak side, my hands were as good as” Yo, what’s up? “He just has made an incredible move, dream cake, tough shot. That guy is just super talented. To be so young to be so ready it’s a great move for him. “
Tatum blew almost for himself shortly afterwards, fouling Trey Burk on a 3-point attempt and give Knicks the chance to tie with the remaining seconds. But Burke missed the first free throw and after doing the other, he intentionally missed the third. Al Horford sprinted away with the rebound and ended the game.
Brad Stevens was asked after the game about Tatum’s driving down the stretch. After Tatum’s name, the question began to start a little bit.
“Redeeming himself?” Stevens asked.
“The execution was great,” said Stevens. “They got on the first game and then Tatum turned out and had a set up and thanked it and got it back. It’s hard to win.”
By three games, Tatum is conveniently the team’s leading score (21 points per game) and comfortably leading rebounder (10.7). Sometimes he makes difficult shots, and in others he makes easier. With the usual negligence that the season has barely begun, Tatum has held Celtic’s offensive floating in which others have fought – without Tatum’s contribution, Celtics just shot 40 percent from the field.
“I think one of the key areas of emphasis has been core strength so that he can play lower for longer,” says Stevens. “Especially with the way the game is called now you can not put people in and hold onto people. You must be able to play low, you must be able to play in one position. He has always been a guy who can put the ball into the hole and can make a lot of positive things for your team, but he can be much better in many areas. I think everything is about this core strength. “
Tatum says he only gets better with experience.
” I’m much more comfortable than I would have been last year, “said Tatum.” I think it’s only getting easier with time and when you play more play and become more relaxed. “