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Dwyane Wade’s harsh assessment of Jayson Tatum, Celtics amid struggles

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Dwyane Wade gave his honest feedback on Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics after they lost to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.

Wade, a regular analyst for NBA on TNT, said that the 2020-21 Celtics lack team identity; hence why they’ve been struggling this season. The Beantown team is currently the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference where they could be part of the play-in tournament if they don’t get it together. 

True enough, it makes sense as to why the Celtics can’t seem to form their identity this season. As WNBA superstar Candace Parker pointed out, they have barely played together. And if there’s one thing we all learned from the Los Angeles Clippers’ disappointing exit last season, it’s that they didn’t have the right chemistry.

For the Celtics, players have been in and out of the rotation due to injuries and COVID-19 protocols. 

“What is the Celtics identity? It’s not defense. They’re not great in transition. They’re not exceptionally great in the halfcourt when it comes to execution of the game, even though they have an amazing coach and players. You gotta have an identity as a team. This team doesn’t have one,” Dwyane Wade explained (h/t Fadeawayworld). 

Ouch, that’s indeed harsh for the Celtics and their fans.

Boston has a rising superstar in Jayson Tatum, but is he experienced enough to take over a game? ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins called out the two-time All-Star on Tuesday during their showdown with the Sixers. 

There’s a ton of things to figure out for the Celtics, and time is clearly not on their side. They have to start garnering as much wins as they can if they want to make a long playoff push.