Jayson Tatum mocks cold shots in Celtics loss: “I think I can’t do worse”


Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum had one of the worst games of his career against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, finishing 2-for-18 with five points in Boston’s 119-112 loss.

When asked by reporters on Saturday how to overcome poor performance, Tatum was generally stoic.

“To be able to laugh about it,” he said. “I can’t do anything about it now, you just have to focus on the next game and whether you play good or bad, I think that’s always my way of approaching things. That’s just how I do it. ‘approaches. That’s how it is. “

Tatum has struggled in almost every area offensively. He missed floats, layups, midrange jumpers and 3 points. One of Tatum’s two “made” shots was only credited to him after Giannis Antetokounmpo accidentally slapped a dud for the Celtics chasing a rebound. Dribbling out of the pick-and-roll, Tatum punched straight into the teeth of the defense on several occasions – a strategy that didn’t pay off.

Luckily for Tatum, the Celtics play again on Sunday, this time an afternoon game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Tatum appreciates the opportunity to overcome his difficulties.

“It’s just about watching a movie,” Tatum said. “Look at what I could have done better yesterday and try to implement it for the next game, and that’s what I’ll try to do tomorrow. We play every other day, so you always have a chance to bounce back and forget about the last game.

After Friday’s loss, Brad Stevens told reporters Tatum’s misses – many of which were good shots – were “the least of my worries.” He reiterated his recklessness on Saturday.

“Yesterday he had a lot of the ball in the last five minutes of the game,” Stevens said. “We think he will always be able to do it. We just think he has a special makeup on him. On a night he struggles he can make a huge play – on a night he rolls he can make a huge play because he neither goes too high nor too low. He’s special, and that’s why I don’t lose sleep on nights like last night.

Stevens was asked if Tatum should learn to handle covers like Milwaukee’s – the Bucks fell back into the paint to prevent his workouts and tried to invade him by circling the screens. Even so, Tatum had a lot of good looks that fell at a healthy pace before the NBA break.

“He’s seen all of these covers before,” Stevens said. “Some nights it’s just not your night. He’s an unreal basketball player. This does not mean that every day the ball will go in at 60%, so at the end of the day he will look, what he already has, he will learn what to do and try to do it better next time. . One of the things I think all of these awesome guys understand is that every day isn’t your day. Sometimes you have to be able to learn, laugh about it, and move on.

Tatum said he got used to his own hype, as well as the criticism that followed when he was having a bad night.

“I think the most important thing is that I just want to try to win every day,” Tatum said. “It was the hardest part, I didn’t play well and we lost. I felt like I could have done more. But, honestly, I say it a lot. I hear it, but I don’t pay too much attention to it. People say good or bad, I never really let myself be bothered. So, we play tomorrow. I think I can’t do any worse so I think I’ll play better tomorrow.

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