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Jayson Tatum takes blame for Game 4 loss that puts Celtics in 3-1 hole vs. Heat

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Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum was quick to take the blame for his team’s disappointing 112-109 loss to the Miami Heat on Wednesday. With the Celtics now down 3-1 in the series, Tatum believes this L was on him.

After the loss, the 22-year-old expressed his disappointment in himself and his first-half performance:

“I take a lot of blame,” he said, via Jay King of The Athletic. “I didn’t play like myself in the first half.”

The Celtics star was scoreless at halftime, and like he said above, he clearly did not look like the Jayson Tatum we’ve all grown so fond of. The All-Star forward made up for his poor start, however, amazingly scoring 28 points in the second half.

Nonetheless, this was not enough to topple the Heat. Tatum knows why:

“We didn’t play well in the first half,” he added. “We responded in the second half, but they were already in a rhythm.”

Tatum was awe-inspiring in the second half, and he almost carried Boston to an impressive come-from-behind victory in Game 4. That was not the case, though, and the Celtics are now in a deep hole, down 3-1 in the series.

Tatum and company will need to be without fault from here on out. Game 5 is scheduled for Friday, and winning that contest will be the first step for the Boston to make an unlikely comeback in this series. There have already been some crazy comebacks in these playoffs, though, so don’t count this talented Celtics team out of it just yet.