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Jayson Tatum ‘not feeling pressure’ ahead of Celtics’ Game 5 vs. Warriors

Celtics, Jayson Tatum, Warriors

The Boston Celtics face off against the Golden State Warriors in a series-defining Game 5 matchup on Monday night. These two teams have gone back and forth so far as the series is currently tied at 2-2. Although there is a ton of pressure heading into this contest, Boston’s star small forward, Jayson Tatum, doesn’t seem bothered by the big moment.

According to The Athletic, Tatum isn’t feeling the pressure heading into Game 5. At just 24-years old, the Celtics star remains as cool as a cucumber as he and his teammates attempt to take down the Warriors, who have won three championships since 2015. Golden State has the experience while Boston has the tenacity and it’s made for an exciting NBA Finals so far. Here is Jayson Tatum’s response when asked about how much pressure he’s feeling ahead of Monday night’s game.

“I guess, the same amount of pressure I’ve always had. It’s not something that I go to sleep thinking about. Obviously, I want to win by any means necessary and I’ll do whatever it takes. That’s all I really care about right now is winning. Whether you win or you don’t win, you guys will debate rankings or, you know, what does that matter for your legacy and things like that. That’s kind of not up to me. In this moment, I’ve said it I feel like every day, just trying to do what I can to impact winning by all costs,” – Celtics’ star Jayson Tatum.

There you have it. Tatum is strictly focused on winning and defeating the Warriors in the NBA Finals. The Celtics’ star small forward is incredibly composed, especially considering he’s just 24-years old. He’s been preparing for this moment his entire life and isn’t backing down from a tough Golden State team who has keyed in on him throughout the series so far.

It’s been a difficult matchup for Jayson Tatum and he’s admitted that as well. He’s been good, but he recognizes how his six turnovers in Game 4 hurt the Celtics as well. Even so, Tatum removes the pressure from the NBA Finals and is just focusing on another game. “It’s a game tomorrow. Looking forward to it. It’s 2-2. So not necessarily thinking about what it means for my career but just what it means for our team and what we’re trying to accomplish right now.”

With that said, Jayson Tatum is prepared to face off against the Warriors and help the Celtics potentially take a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals. We’ll see how it plays out, as the two teams clash on Monday at 9 P.M. Eastern on ABC.