Tatum collected 21 points (10-16 FG, 1-5 3Pt), six rebounds, one assist, and one block in 33 minutes during Monday's 113-100 win over the Pelicans.
Tatum was extremely efficient despite struggling from beyond the arc and failing to earn a single trip to the charity stripe. The absences of Kyrie Irving (shoulder) and Al Horford (knee) pushed Tatum to be aggressive offensively and the sophomore answered the call by scoring 20-plus points for the 10th time this season.
Tatum was one of several Celtics players to turn in highly efficient shooting on a night when Boston handed Chicago its worst lost in franchise history. After a down start to the campaign, Tatum has found his shooting touch over the past 14 contests. He's converted at a 51.4 percent clip from the field and 48.5 percent rate from downtown while scoring no fewer than 10 points in any of those contests.
Tatum's efficiency from the field was sitting below 40 percent through the Celtics' first 11 games, but the second-year forward has found his form over the subsequent 13 contests, hitting exactly half his shots over that stretch. Unsurprisingly, the improvement from the field has translated to elevated scoring for Tatum, who has reached double-digit points in each of those contests. Gordon Hayward's return to full health this season hasn't been too detrimental to Tatum's bottom line, as the 20-year-old has raised his per-game averages in every category except blocks and has only seen minor declines in his overall accuracy from the floor and three-point range.
Tatum finished with 19 points (7-15 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 35 minutes during Saturday's 118-109 victory over the Timberwolves.
Tatum continues to be one of the more unassuming fantasy players. He delivers solid production on a nightly basis without drawing any attention. He is a top 60 player for the season and should remain in that area without too much trouble. His ceiling is somewhat limited due to the depth on the Celtics roster but he still clearly remains a must-own player.
Tatum managed 20 points (7-14 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, three steals, one assist and one block across 35 minutes in Monday's 124-107 win over the Pelicans.
After dropping 21 points in the last contest, Tatum followed it up with another 20-point outing, albeit with a little less efficiency from the field. After not attempting a free-throw in either of the last two games, it was encouraging to see Tatum reach the line four times and make them all Monday night.
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