The Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics by a final score of 107-97 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. With the victory, the Warriors evened the series at two games apiece. The teams will hop on a plane and head back to San Francisco for a crucial Game 5 affair. Jayson Tatum led Boston with 23 points in the Celtics’ loss on Friday. However, he shot a rather inefficient 8-23 from the field.
Tatum revealed the key for a Game 5 offensive explosion following the Celtics’ defeat.
“When I do have space, I’m open, I gotta take the shot,” Tatum said. “Anytime that I hold it too long they load up and things like that. I think just quick decisions, don’t turn down any open looks, any daylight that I have. And just continue to make the right pass, I had too many turnovers tonight. I think just make quicker decisions.”
The Celtics coughed the ball up 15 times as a team, and Tatum accounted for 6 of those turnovers. Boston’s offense can become isolation-heavy which leads to stagnancy on offense at times. Tatum is explaining that he needs to make quick decisions rather than holding the ball too long to avoid becoming stagnant.
Both he and Jaylen Brown are terrific isolation players. However, getting teammates involved and running an efficient offense is the key to success. As Jayson Tatum said, “quick decisions” are going to be important against the Warriors.
Tatum also said he needed to be better following the team’s Game 4 loss. He seems mentally prepared to bounce back and lead the Celtics in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.