Sad news for the head coach of Boston Celtics

Thankfully, basketball has returned. We can now get away from some (notice we wrote SOME) of the ridiculous narratives that have surrounded Jayson Tatum and the Celtics over the last several weeks. We’ve discussed some of those narratives in the past.

 

It’s time to move on. The Celtics moved on with an impressive Game 1 win at home, dominant through the majority. Hopefully Tatum moves on from a less-than-ideal individual performance after shooting 6-16 from the floor and turning the ball over SIX times.

from a less-than-ideal individual performance after shooting 6-16 from the floor and turning the ball over SIX times.

But, here’s our question: IF the Celtics win the title and Tatum plays “reasonably well,” will the media move on? Will they move on to what the title means for Tatum, the team, both right now and the big picture? Will they finally respect Tatum and talk about him like what he would be – one of the best players in the world, who led a dominant season that resulted in a championship?

No matter what “they” say, the one thing about Tatum that has to be appreciated is that he has continued to grow his game and has backed that up with production on the floor, including during the postseason.

Sad news for the head coach of Boston Celtics
       Sad news for the head coach of Boston Celtics

Don’t believe us? Let’s get into some of the numbers.

Tatum has played a total of 109 playoff games. In 22 out of those 109 games, he’s finished with at least 25 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. But, what’s truly impressive is that Tatum has reached those numbers in FIFTEEN of his last 34 playoff games. Think about that. Since the beginning of last year’s postseason, Tatum is giving you 25-10-5 almost every other game (2.2 games to be exact).

Put that in perspective: Over his first 75 playoff games, Tatum reached 25-10-5 seven times and has more than doubled that number in well less than half the games since. Color us impressed!

What those numbers tell us is that Tatum has stepped up since losing in the 2022 Finals to the Warriors. His level of play and production has improved. And, since that Finals loss, Tatum and the Celtics have a combined 24-11 record. Is that good?

If winning a championship this year isn’t enough, then what is? We hope that, IF the C’s win it all, the narrative won’t be framed as “Of course they won, look at the path!” Or, “Tatum’s good, but look at the team they needed to assemble for him to win!”

Were those same narratives applied to the Nuggets last year? If so, we must have missed it.

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