Tatum generated 34 points (11-22 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 7-9 FT), eight assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block over 40 minutes in Sunday's 128-124 win over the Trail Blazers. Tatum bounced back nicely from his rough Friday outing (2-18 FG) to lead Boston in scoring. And his eight assists were a career high. Tatum and Jaylen Brown carried the Celtics in a game in which Boston blew a 24-point lead but stormed back for the win. As Boston continues to restrict Kemba Walker's minutes (22 minutes on Sunday), the Celtics will look to Tatum, Brown and Gordon Hayward to up their production. Tatum and his teammates were hot from three -- Boston shot a blistering 60 percent from behind the arc. Next, Tatum and his teammates take on the Heat on Tuesday for a game that will have big seeding implications.
Tatum eked out five points (2-18 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in Friday's 119-112 loss to the Bucks. Sadly, Tatum was actually 1-17, but was credited with a made shot early when the Bucks accidentally tipped a shot in for Boston. Guarding Giannis Antetokounmpo and leading the C's in shot attempts may have required too much effort from All-Star Tatum in the first regular-season game back from the sports stoppage. Heading into Friday, Tatum had been shooting 44.8 percent on the season, so one should expect a bounce-back game from the high-scoring forward Sunday versus the Trail Blazers. With Kemba Walker (knee) on a minutes restriction, look for Boston to continue to look to Tatum as its first option on offense.
Tatum won't play during Tuesday's final scrimmage against the Rockets, Tom Westerholm of The Springfield Republican reports. Tatum will be rested before the Celtics' first seeding game Friday against the Bucks. Also resting are Marcus Smart, Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker, Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter.
Tatum posted 16 points (6-17 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), nine rebounds, two assists and a steal across 28 minutes in Sunday's 117-103 win over the Suns in Orlando. If Tatum was worried about close contact during bubble game play, it didn't show Sunday. Tatum's well-documented aggression was on full display against the Suns, as he stood up to Deandre Ayton and left Phoenix flat-footed with his floor-stretching perimeter shooting. If Tatum picks up where he left off before the shutdown, the Celtics will be a tough out in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Tatum scored three points (1-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT) while adding four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 19 minutes during Friday's 98-84 loss to the Thunder. Head coach Brad Stevens said he would limit the minutes of his star players, and Tatum only logged 18:18 during the loss. He struggled from the field, but that was to be expected given he hadn't played a competitive game since early March. His place as a key cog in Boston's offense ahead of the restart shouldn't be in doubt.
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