“Tatum Exposed”: Jayson Tatum And Celtics Gets Torched by NBA Fans After Tatum’s Poor Display Leading to the Loss Against Jimmy Butler’s Heat

Published 05/22/2022, 8:30 AM EDT
May 21, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) is helped off the floor after suffering an apparent injury in the second half during game three of the 2022 eastern conference finals against the Miami Heat at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat has taken the lead in the conference finals against the Boston Celtics. After game 3, the series is now 2-1 in favor of the Heat. Jimmy Butler went off in the first game, amazingly scoring 41 massive points. Game 2 was about the Boston Celtics making a comeback into the tie. All three, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart scored more than 20 points each. However, game 3 was a different story.

Jimmy Butler sustained an injury during game 3 and could only play for 20 minutes. However, this did not stop the Heat from commanding their way through to a victory. Bam Adebayo was on the money in the absence of Jimmy Butler. On the other hand, Jaylen Brown dropped a masterclass performance to give the Celtics the much-needed push. Unfortunately for him, it was not enough.

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Brown hit his playoff career-high 40 points along with 9 rebounds in an impressive individual performance. But the team did not support him enough to get over the line. Marcus Smart, unfortunately, had to be limped off. He was in screeching pain as he was screaming. But miraculously came back on the court and played a total of 37 minutes.

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It was not a good game for Jayson Tatum by any means. In fact, it was easily one of the worst performances of his career. The Heat defense hounded him, and he could never get going. 

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Jayson Tatum scored mere 10 points to contribute to the team in the 41 minutes he played in game 3. He gave 4 assists along with 6 rebounds but it was way too far from his best. To his defense, Tatum was apparently injured during the game and had to sit out for a few minutes in the second half, and fourth quarter with a scare to his shoulder. But even before that, it was a poor first-half display from him and the Celtics.

May 21, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) is examined on the court after suffering an apparent injury against the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter during game three of the 2022 eastern conference finals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Heat put themselves in a convincing position in the first quarter itself. At the end of the first half, the Heat led the Celtics by 21 points. From there on in, it was the Heat’s game to lose. The first quarter set the tone for the rest of the match as the Celtics chased the game all three quarters.

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They fell short by six points, giving the disappointment to their fans at the TD Garden. Celtics are still at home in game 4 and they will look to use the home advantage in their favor to once again tie the series 2-2.

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Chaitanya Sharma

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Chaitanya is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He completed his engineering from SRM University. Having determined an interest in football and basketball, he was inclined towards having a job in the sports industry.

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