Jayson Tatum lets us know Why He is a Max Player

Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves in overtime last night, 145 to 136. Tatum has a career night as he finished with 53 points while collecting ten rebounds. Tatum, who is only 23 years only, becomes one of the youngest Celtics to produce a 50-point outing and he did it in incredible fashion.

Yes, the Minnesota Timberwolves are not the greatest team but they still do have great talent in Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell. What stands out about Tatum performances was his field goal attempts. Tatum only shot the rock 25 times, hitting 16 shots. However, Tatum was aggressive last night, getting to the free throw line a total 16 times. That is something that is very uncommon in a Brad Stevens coached team.

This was great to see if you are a Celtics fan. It seemed common to me that Tatum would settle for fadeaways or step back threes and that would get really frustrating. Constantly, I wondered if he would change and yes, he is very young but there was some concern. I didn’t know if it was the Coach he didn’t like and he completely checked out or he just simply was trying to play hero ball.

So many times, this season when the Celtics get down, that is when the team starts chucking up threes and have no rhythm on offense. Last night was different, the team trailed by 17 and Tatum lived up to what us Celtic fans expect; he took over.

The Celtics are now one game over .500 but still not good enough. I don’t know what to expect with this team though. Every week is different and things change. So, we’ll see how this upcoming week will go with this team and revisit, yet, another scenario for this team.

-Zachary Connell (@ZackConnell2)

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