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Brad Stevens on Jayson Tatum after collision with Kevin Love

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The Boston Celtics were unable to close out the Cleveland Cavaliers in a pivotal Game 6. Fortunately, they managed to avoid an injury scare involving small forward Jayson Tatum.

Tatum was involved in a collision with power forward Kevin Love early in the game. According to Keith Smith of RealGM, head coach Brad Stevens said the rookie was doing fine afterward:

“He was checked and said he was fine. We’ll monitor him, but every indication is he’s fine. We didn’t go to him enough early.”

It is encouraging to see that Tatum is not experiencing any lingering effects from the collision. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Love, who was forced to miss the rest of the game.

Although he managed to make his return, Tatum was never really able to find his rhythm on offense. As a result, he finished with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field. Needless to say, it was a far cry from the 24-point outing he had in Game 5.

Fortunately, Boston still has a chance to bounce back at home where they till have yet to lose a game this postseason. Judging by Stevens’ comments, it appears the Celtics will try their best to get Tatum involved early on. Aside from the rookie, Boston did not shoot particularly well with the exception of their backcourt in Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier. That said, they have largely relied on a team effort to gain the upper hand on Cleveland. Boston will need to do much of the same if they are going to pull out a win in Game 7.