Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum speak out on rough Game 4 performance
Brown particularly struggled with his shot. He shot just 4-of-18 from the field and 2-of-11 from beyond the arc to finish with 14 points. Nonetheless, the Celtics standout maintained that he just missed his open looks and will just need to knock his shots down moving forward.
“I just missed some open shots. I’m a good shooter, I’ve just got to make them. It’s make or break time, 2-2, the series is tied up. We didn’t play that well, I didn’t play that well. We got to bounce back and be ready to fight. That’s what it comes down to, fight. We have to be ready to fight for our lives next game and keep playing good basketball, open shots just didn’t go down. Tough night.”
Meanwhile, All-Star forward Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting. Though he shot well from the floor, it doesn’t mean that any of those buckets came easy for the 22-year old.
Tatum gave credit to the Raptors for playing together on both sides of the floor. Likewise, he acknowledged that the Celtics didn’t play up to their standards in Game 4.
“They just played more connected just on both ends for a majority of the game. We missed a lot of shots, didn’t play well, still gave ourselves a chance, but it’s the playoffs. Now you gotta win two out of three and just get ready for Monday.”
It will now be a virtual best of three between the Celtics and the Raptors. Boston will certainly need their two star forwards to play well if they want to get past the defending champs and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.