Jayson Tatum wasn’t surely at his best in Game 3 of Celtics vs Heat as he managed to register only 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists against his name. While the home team searched for inspiration on the offensive end, Jaylen Brown was the only Warrior for the home team as he single-handedly scored 40 points in a 109-103 loss for the Green Army at TD Garden.
However, not only did Tatum had as many turnovers as his rebounds. But his ability to run the plays was also missing against Jimmy Butler less Heat, even in the second half. Having being down by as many as 26 points, the home team reduced the deficit to just one. But with Adebayo and Stress coming to their best form, Celtics were never seemed comfortable to guard them.
Jayson Tatum makes way to the locker room late in Game 3
In the fourth quarter while Tatum was struggling to find his best form, he was caught acting late by Victor Oladipo, who dumped fiercely against the latter. While the game continued, Jayson Tatum could not get up from the floor as he held his shoulder in agony and crowd out in pain.
Moreover, Tatum made his way to the locker room after this play. But eventually came out to once again play when his team managed to pull the pressure plug on Heat.
That being said, Boston Celtics once again have failed to consistently deliver against their opposition team. Going down 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals could harm the C’s as they are already struggling with Robert Williams III not playing.
On the other hand, Miami Heat had their stars PJ Tucker and Kyle Lowry leading in Jimmy Butler’s absence in the second quarter. Bam Adebayo too went onto score team high 31 points, after averaging 8 points in the first 2 games.
Will Jayson Tatum be able to lead his team in Game 4? Will Celtics be able to secure a home win or will Heat go onto stretch their lead in the Eastern Conference Finals? Remains to be seen.