Brad Stevens Downplays Significance Of Jayson Tatum’s Horrid Night Vs. Bucks

It’s really not reaching all that much to say Friday might’ve been Jayson Tatum’s worst professional basketball game.
In 32:27 minutes of action, he shot an abysmal 2-for-18 from the field, missing all four of his 3-point attempts while executing on just one of his two free throws. He finished with five points, seven rebounds, three assists, two turnovers, as many steals and one block in the Boston Celtics’ 119-112 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Of course, Tatum is expected to be one of the Celtics’ top two players this postseason, so those types of showings continuing obviously wouldn’t bode well for the prospect of Boston making a deep playoff run.
But for head coach Brad Stevens, it simply isn’t worth worrying about right now.
“He got some decent looks off of pick-and-rolls,” Stevens said. “They did a good job loading up to him, they did a good job at the rim on him. He’ll go back and look at it — he had a couple nights like that early in the season too. Least of our concerns is him finding the net, it’s what he does. So he’ll be fine.”
The Celtics next play Sunday afternoon against the Portland Trail Blazers, so a thorough film session Saturday very well might prove to be the antidote to Tatum’s missteps from the seeding round opener.
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