Jayson Tatum didn’t have the overall performance he hoped for in his first NBA Finals.
The Celtics’ young star scored 21.2 points per game on simply 36.2 percent shooting, averaging seven assists but also 3.8 turnovers in step with sport.
As Tatum endured to shoot poorly thru the Finals, in particular from within the three-point arc (he shot 31.2 percentage from 2-point range),
numerous questioned if the right shoulder stinger he suffered in Game three of the NBA Finals was lots worse than originally thought.
Tatum didn’t blame his shoulder injury for his poor overall performance. “No, I don’t think [I’ll need surgery],” Tatum told reporters following the loss.
Another speculated reason for Tatum’s terrible Finals showing was fatigue. Following the Celtics’ Game five loss, in which Tatum played all but the final minute of the second half,
Ime Udoka said he believed fatigue could’ve played a factor in Tatum air balling shots down the stretch.
This offseason will mark the first “normal” offseason of rest Tatum’s had in 3 years. However, he lamented more at the crushing loss he and the Celtics dealt than the time off he’s about to get.