Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens says Jayson Tatum's “greatest strength” is his “emotional ability” to be great at any moment in the game.
"Tatum's greatest strength to me, is his emotional ability to be great at any moment," said Celtics HC Brad Stevens.
— A. Sherrod Blakely (@ASherrodblakely) February 29, 2020
Tatum has appeared in 54 games for the Celtics this season. He’s averaging 23.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 45.3 percent from the field, 39.8 percent from beyond the arc and 82.2 percent from the free-throw line.
Since the All-Star break, the third-year forward has been on a tear. He has upped his scoring output to 34.5 points per contest, all while registering 7.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 blocks and shooting 56.6 percent from the field.
Certainly, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is starting to look really smart for not trading Tatum for some of the superstars who have requested trades over the past few season.
The Celtics have a good shot at winning the Eastern Conference this season. For that to happen, Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Gordon Hayward all have to play at a high-level once the playoffs start.
The game has clearly slowed down for Tatum, who is scoring very efficiently this season. The Celtics are also pleased to see that Tatum and Walker have meshed so easily. Walker said one of the reasons he signed with Boston was because he wanted to play with Tatum.
The Celtics lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 2019 playoffs. Boston will likely have to get through Milwaukee to win the East this time around. A seven-game series between the Cs and Bucks would surely be fun to watch.