March 15, 2018, 12:02 amJayson TatumSF/PF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum was able to produce 19 points, five rebounds and six assists in Wednesday’s loss but shot just 9-of-23 from the floor and 1-of-3 from the line while neglecting to add any threes, steals or blocks.
Tatum missed a free throw in the final seconds of the first overtime that would’ve likely given Boston the win and then exchanged some words with Bradley Beal in the second overtime, where he wound up missing the game’s final shot. While the popcorn numbers are nice, this was our issue with Tatum’s game coming into the season. His hot shooting earlier in the year buoyed solid middle-round value but he’s fallen to just top-150 levels over the last month. Tatum will finish up exceeding initial expectations but the hype train got rolling a little too heavily after an obviously unsustainable start. He’s set for a ton of touches with all of Boston’s injuries, however, so perhaps he can recapture some of that great early form.