At only 24 years old, Jayson Tatum will have the opportunity to bounce back. And in any case, his 2022 NBA Finals lost against the Golden State Warriors (2-4) will mark a turning point in his career. Because on this Game 6, the Boston Celtics winger embodied a huge disappointment.
Expected at the turn by TD Garden to snatch a decisive Game 7, the native of Saint-Louis was not up to it. A disappointing performance in the line of generally complicated NBA Finals for the young talent.
A real cold snap, which he will have to learn from for the rest of his career.
Jayson Tatum sank…
With only 13 points, 7 assists and 3 rebounds on this meeting, Tatum has never been in on this game. In reality, he still allowed his team to stay in contact with the Warriors in the first period by scoring 11 points.
But you will have quickly realized the calculation… so he only scored 2 points after the break. Worse still, while Jaylen Brown and Al Horford multiplied the miracles to make believe in an exploit, he completely thwarted.
With 5 loose balls, the winger continued to waste many opportunities. On these Playoffs, he became the first player to compile more than 100 lost balls … And when you add to that his clumsiness (6/18 on shots, 1/4 on three points), it starts to do a lot.
“It’s just hard to come to this and not achieve what we wanted. It hurts. We all could have done better. I think I could have done a lot better in many aspects. But, like we said it, we gave everything, we tried all season, all the Playoffs.
We are going to take some time off, enjoy it with our family, rest and get back to work,” Jayson Tatum immediately announced.
Presented as the leader of this team, he therefore disappointed. In the most important moment, he did not answer present. But this experience can allow him to take a new course.
Green’s Masterclass, Tatum Collapses: Game 6 Notes
… to go even higher?
On these NBA Finals, Tatum has, without the slightest possible doubt, displayed certain limits. Perhaps tired from an exhausting journey. Perhaps diminished by a sore shoulder. But it is a reality. His direct duel against Andrew Wiggins turned to the advantage of the Canadian.
The Warriors player, over the matches, clearly dominated him. We also saw it very well on this final meeting with several shots refused by Tatum because of the presence of the former element of the Minnesota Timberwolves in front of him.
But it must be remembered: the kid was born in 1998. He also lived his first NBA Finals. Other superstars have had a difficult first experience at this stage of the competition. In recent history, we can think of Kevin Durant with the Oklahoma City Thunder (2012). And he recovered pretty well afterwards.
The future of the Celtics rests in his hands and those of Brown. It will therefore have to be protected because the criticisms – some legitimate – will fuse. But this failure can be a founding act of a brilliant future.
“I just gave him a hug, man. I know it was a tough last game. It’s a game we could have won. It hurts not to play to our potential, but that’s how it is. We must learn from this and move forward.
As hard as it may be, it’s been a great year, a great journey… It just wasn’t our time,” Jaylen Brown summed up of Jayson Tatum.
“I’m proud of the year as a whole. We’ve been through a lot. The foundations have been laid. We’ll try to see in the long term versus things well done this year to build on that,” immediately confided the coach Ime Udoka.
The key will clearly be the rebound for Jayson Tatum and the Celtics. Either this setback marks a real setback and a glass ceiling has been reached. Either it definitely launches a machine for the years to come…
Jayson Tatum, the key moment in his relationship with Jaylen Brown