It is indeed safe to say that PJ Tucker is one of the most underrated defensive players in modern-day NBA. The 37-year-old Heat veteran has been phenomenal for Miami heat ever since the 2021-22 season began. Moreover, since presence of the defensive end has helped the rest of Erik Spoelstra’s players focus more on the offensive end. Be it Jayson Tatum or Joel Embiid, Tucker seems to have a solution for each and every talismanic scorer.
In Game 3 of Celtics vs Heat, the away side led by as many as 26 points in the first half. With the domination by Heat being at its peak, PJ Tucker seems to have gone overboard only to draw the attention of the referee towards a particular shove by Jayson Tatum. As a result of a master-class acting-job, Tatum was handed his second personal foul in the second quarter.
PJ Tucker hands Jayson Tatum with 2nd personal foul
Discussing the particular play, Jayson was struggling throughout the course of Game 3 as with PJ Tucker and Jimmy Butler guarding him, the former decided to nudge Tucker sideways. Little did anyone expect, the Heat vet flew from one side of the court to the other, ensuring a second personal foul was handed to Tatum early in the game.
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While PJ Tucker left Game 2 mid-way with his respective injury concerns, he as well as Kyle Lowry made way back for the away side in Game 3. He even managed to score a staggering tally of 17 points, 7 rebounds and an assist. Furthermore, he even had 3 steals registered against his name.
That being said, the likes of Tyler Herro could be potentially ruled out of Game 4 as he was seemingly uncomfortable in the recently concluded game. If the Heat are short-handed on the offensive end, PJ Tucker will have to be more visible and efficient on either ends of the court if the top seeded Eastern Conference team want to push Celtics over the edge of the cliff. What drama awaits in the upcoming games? Remains to be seen.