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Jayson Tatum gets brutally honest overcoming early slump

Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics

Jayson Tatum has regained his groove over the past couple of games—extracting the biggest sigh of relief from Boston Celtics fans all over the world. The Celtics have been on a roll recently, despite the absence of Jaylen Brown due to injury, as Tatum has been on a 30-point hot streak. The 23-year-old franchise player has put up 33, 37, and 34 points in his last three outings, while shooting 50% or higher from the field. As Tatum has been lighting it up from everywhere on the court, Tatum is fully aware of the effort it took for him to shrug off his slow start to the season, as Brian Robb of masslive.com states:

“The two-time All-Star was playing and shooting more than ever to begin this year under new head coach Ime Udoka but his efficiency was a disaster in the early going. He shot over 40 percent from the field in just four of his first 14 games of the year, essentially shooting Boston out of likely wins in New York (7-of-30) and Washington (10-of-32) amid Boston’s tumultuous campaign.”

After Friday’s 37-point explosion, Tatum stated that he never doubted his ability to bounce back from his dismal start to the season, as per Brian Robb:
“I didn’t think I’d be shooting this bad at the beginning of the season,” Tatum said Friday. “I was never worried. I put too much work in to ever worry or doubt.”
The honesty coming from Tatum reflects his no-nonsense attitude on the court, and he has certainly proven to the Celtics faithful that he is more than capable of shaking off the offseason rust. As Jaylen Brown will sooner or later return from his injury, one can only hope that Tatum and Brown finally bring back the Celtics’ famous high-powered offense.