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Jayson Tatum: 'Why would I let my ego or my need to score get in the way?'

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Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Jrue Holiday on Brown vs. Tatum debate:
“I don’t prefer either one, I prefer both.” AM

Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Tatum guarding Luka in this series: 6-8 FG, 12 pts over 17.5 possessions (3:11).
Doncic defensively in this series: 17-40 FG (42.5%).
Better than the eye test showed to me. – 3:44 AM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Tatum guarding Luka in this series: 6-4 FG, 12 pts over 17.5 possessions (3:11).
Doncic defensively in this series: 17-40 FG (42.5%).
Better than the eye test showed to me. – 3:43 AM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jason Kidd tried to drive a wedge between Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Their response?
One of their best playmaking games together of their careers. Now they’re 2 wins away from being champions.
“How they work together is something that is sacred and something that can’t – 3:14 AM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
If Jason Kidd called the Sultan of Stat the best numbers/information guy in the league, no one would bat an eye.
@DickLipe with the goods on Jrue Holiday, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Payton Pritchard and a Game 2 Finals victory for the Celtics: AM

Jake Fischer @JakeLFischer
Any focus on what Jayson Tatum isn’t distracts from all that he is and has become — the best playmaker through two games of these NBA Finals, which now have Boston two wins away from Banner 18.
Latest for @YahooSports:…1:59 AM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Jrue Holiday’s full comments on his respect and admiration for Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown tonight AM

Celtics vs. Mavericks score: NBA Finals Game 2 takeaways as Jayson Tatum gets help, Luka Doncic doesn’t
(By @SamQuinnCBS)…12:30 AM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jayson Tatum on the Celtics closing in on the title: “Why would I let my ego or need to score all the points get in the way of that?” – 12:22 AM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Jayson Tatum on 12 assists and becoming a playmaker tonight:
We’re two wins away from getting to where we want to go, why would I let my ego or my need to score points get in the way of that? AM

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Celtics’ Jayson Tatum after NBA Finals Game 2 win over Mavericks: “We’re so close to what we’re trying to accomplish. Why would I let my ego or my need to score get in the way of that?” – 12:20 AM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jayson Tatum: “Obviously I need to shoot better, golly!” – 12:20 AM
Souichi Terada @SouichiTerada
Jayson Tatum: “Obviously I need to shoot better. Golly.” – 12:20 AM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jayson Tatum: We’re so close to what we’re trying to accomplish. Why would I let my ego or my need to score all the points get in the way of that? – 12:19 AM
Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
Where would the Celtics be without Jrue Holiday? Jayson Tatum; “Thankfully we don’t have to find out.” – 12:16 AM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jayson Tatum was asked where would the Celtics be without Jrue Holiday:
“Good thing we don’t have to find out.” – 12:16 AM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jayson Tatum: “Every time I take a couple dribbles, I get three people right there…It wasn’t like I had to do anything spectacular. It was just about finding the open guy.” – 12:16 AM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jayson Tatum: “It wasn’t like I had to do anything spectacular. It was just finding the open guy.” – 12:16 AM
Souichi Terada @SouichiTerada
Jayson Tatum: “Every time I take a couple dribbles, there’s like three people right there. … They kept leaving Jrue open. It wasn’t like I had to do anything spectacular. I just had to find the open guy.” – 12:16 AM
Austin Burton @AmaarBurton
NBA Finals MVP power rankings after Game 2:
1. Jaylen Brown ☘
2. Jayson Tatum ☘
3. Luka Doncic 🐎
4. Kristaps Porzingis ☘
5. Jrue Holiday ☘ PM

Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Brown said a lot of he and Tatum handling #Mavs defensive pressure is being patient. Said he missed some 2 on 1 reads and there’ll be corner outlets & other opportunities to avoid playing in crowds. Also mentioned that the excitement of these games can make those plays difficult – 11:42 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Jrue Holiday starts his presser by saying, unproved, that his comments have been misconstrued
Says Tatum and Brown share a “sacred bond” PM

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Celtics’ Jrue Holiday on Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown: “I don’t prefer one or the other. I prefer both.” – 11:01 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Mazzulla said Tatum makes “greatness look easy.” – 10:48 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Joe Mazzulla on Jayson Tatum’s playmaking: Coming into a game, it’s sort of like a puzzle. He’s done a great job learning how to solve that puzzle. – 10:47 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
12 assists for Tatum tonight, one shy of his postseason career high – 10:39 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most threes this Finals:
8 — Luka Doncic
7 — Derrick White
4 — Jrue Holiday
4 — Jayson Tatum
3 — Al Horford
3 — Jaylen Brown
2 — Kristaps Porzingis
2 — Sam Hauser
Luka is the only Mav with multiple 3-pointers. PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
The Jayson Tatum discourse is gonna be even more obnoxious now, but a lot of the slander is probably rooted in some level of jealousy. The Celtics are so well-constructed he doesn’t *have* to play like a top-10 player for his team to be dominant the way other stars do – 10:36 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
The Celtics shot 26% from 3
Jayson Tatum went 6-22
Jaylen Brown had 6 turnovers
Celtics got outshot
Celtics got outrebounded.
Celtics lead the NBA Finals 2 games to none.
I guess, they’re battle tested now. – 10:35 PM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
The duo of Tatum and Holiday showed up big in Game 2 of the #NBAFinals PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Celtics missed a ton of open 3PTs and Tatum missed a ton of layups (shot 6-of-22) and BOS still won comfortably – 10:33 PM
Gary Tanguay @Gary_Tanguay
Another team effort by Boston. Yes, Tatum is struggling offensively BUT he was a rebound away from a triple double . 18p 12A 9R. Holiday, White, JB, Porzingus etc..a TEAM! – 10:32 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Boston 105, Dallas 98
Mavs made it interesting down the stretch.
Triple double for Luka: 32-11-11
Tatum comes up one rebound short: 18-12-9
Jrue Holiday the star: 26 points, 11 rebounds.
Kyrie Irving: 16 points on 7-18 shooting. Has missed all eight of his threes in the – 10:30 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Tatum tonight:
18 PTS
12 AST
The first Celtic since Bird to reach those numbers in a Finals game.…10:28 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Doncic misses the three and the Mavs aren’t fouling. Celtics take a 2-0 Finals lead back to Dallas after Tatum and Brown combine for 19 assists. Jason Kidd tried to drive a wedge, but they’ve seen that move plenty of times and didn’t flinch. – 10:27 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Dallas had a chance to get this thing down to a one-possession game after a terrific Derrick Jones block on a Jayson Tatum drive.
But Derrick White stopped PJ Washington at the rim with a beautiful block, and Jaylen Brown drives and scores at the other end to push it back to 7. – 10:26 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Basketball gods refuse to let Tatum get away with trying to salvage this – 10:23 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Tatum is so committed to passing the ball that he’s dunking it off the rim just for the hockey assist. – 10:19 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
I don’t understand why Tatum doesn’t try to do this more often when he has a big switched onto him rather than settling for contested stepback 3’s. PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Tatum looked so relieved when his first 3 of the night finally went down. He’s 1/7 from deep tonight but has been great otherwise with his attacking and ball movement. – 10:03 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Nice to see Tatum as a play finisher on some fo these possessions. – 10:02 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Pritchard steal ➡ Tatum ↗ Brown ⬇ 🗑 – 10:01 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Pritchard banks in a 34-footer at the buzzer to give BOS an 83-74 lead after 3Q. Big shot for #Celtics. Holiday 23, Brown 15, Tatum 13 (10 ast), Porzingis 12, White 10; Doncic 29, Irving 12, Washington 11, Jones Jr. 7.
3pt: BOS 6-30; DAL 6-22. – 9:57 PM
Souichi Terada @SouichiTerada
Jayson Tatum (10 assists) and Jaylen Brown (7) have 17 of Celtics’ 24 assists tonight. – 9:53 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Need someone to make a supercut of every Tatum/Brown blow-by in the first two games. That’s at least a 10-minute montage. – 9:51 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have not stopped getting into the paint. All game long. All series long. They have not let the Mavericks off the hook at all. – 9:50 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
That last play sums it up perfectly: Tatum is doubled, manages to duck through it, finds Holiday, layup.
It’s not that Tatum is dominating the game. He’s not. He’s letting the game flow around him and moving with the current. – 9:50 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
This is what happens when Luka goes off, Kyrie makes some shots, PJ actually makes a 3, the Celtics can’t, Tatum misses 7 of first 8, you know real Porzingis exists, and you are STILL down at halftime.
Boston seems inevitable. – 9:50 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jrue Holiday is now 9/9 at the rim tonight.
The Celtics offense has been a ton of Tatum drawing a double into the post then hitting a backdoor cutter. Somehow, Dallas is still giving up these open cuts on the backside and Boston is feasting. – 9:50 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Tatum records his 10th assist on a nice interior bounce pass to Holiday, who has 23 in 28 minutes. BOS 75, DAL 63 with 2:57 left. Kidd took out Luka on previous possession, but he has to go back in here. #Celtics #Mavericks #NBAFinals9:49 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
Don’t know what they’re saying on TV but Tatum is having a very good game – 9:49 PM
Souichi Terada @SouichiTerada
Celtics are on a 10-0 run and Jrue Holiday has 23 points on 10-12 shooting. He’s been set up a ton by Jayson Tatum, who’s now up to 10 assists. 75-63 C’s lead and the Garden’s rocking – 9:48 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Tatum switched onto Luka then Luka must’ve thought BOS would give a switch again. Tatum trapped with KP and caught Luka’s behind the back pick and pop feed for a steal. – 9:40 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Every extra point you give away matters and they’ve given away a few – take foul, the OREB and Tatum’s 3pt play this quarter alone. The lane violation that let Brown hit a 2nd FT in the 2Q comes to mind too. For Boston, they’ve scored under 30 points in five straight quarters – 9:37 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Bizarre game. Tatum and Brown are 6-19. No one in a Celtics uniform can make a three. Yet Boston has a two-point lead. Ten point edge at the free throw line is huge. – 9:35 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
The Celtics are so deep neither Tatum nor Brown have 10 points and they’re winning. Meanwhile Doncic has 25. – 9:32 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Dallas is trying something new and having Gafford post up Tatum. The Celtics wing is good off-ball as a center but gives up size in the post, so Gafford can get to his hook shot. – 9:30 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Daniel Gafford with back-to-back tough layups over Tatum. Dallas is making a concerted effort to get production from its bigs. – 9:30 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
3 fouls on Irving and 3 points for Tatum following a game-changing Holiday OREB. – 9:29 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
“We haven’t seen much from Tatum, he’s been carried by Holiday” is an interesting take when four of Holiday’s baskets were assisted by Tatum. – 9:19 PM
Souichi Terada @SouichiTerada
brutal shooting half from Jayson Tatum (2-10/0-3), but he has as many assists (8) as the Mavs do as a team. maybe he’ll make shots at some point these Finals, but at least he’s playmaking – 9:14 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Halftime: Celtics 54, Mavericks 51
Boston leads despite Jayson Tatum going 2-for-10 from the field (though he has 8 assists) and he & Jaylen Brown being outscored 33-13 by Luka & Kyrie.
Dallas is 5-11 from the FT line and 4-13 from 3. Boston is 13-13 on FTs & 3-15 from 3. – 9:13 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Tough offensive first half for Tatum, he’s 2 for 10 FG and just passed up a 3 look to drive and then get stripped to end 2Q. But he also has eight assists. BOS 54, DAL 51.
Holiday 17, Porzingis 10, Brown 8, White 7, Tatum 5, Horford 5. Doncic 23, Irving 10, Jones Jr. 7. – 9:13 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
Tatum is off, but he’s got eight (!) first half assists. – 9:12 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Top 5 Tatum 😤 – 9:12 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Celtics had a charged-up finish to the half and lead 54-51 at the break. Luka with 23 points, but Jrue Holiday with 17 for the Celtics. Tatum playing a solid game with eight assists to go with five points and three rebounds. – 9:12 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Tatum is Dallas’ best hope right now. – 9:12 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Assists at half:
8 — Jayson Tatum
7 — Dallas Mavericks
Ties his career-high in assists in a half. PM

Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Tatum with 8 first half assists, tying his postseason career high
13 in a game is his best in the playoffs ever, which he did in Game 1 of the ’22 Finals – 9:11 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
New career high 8 assists for Tatum in a half. – 9:10 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
No resistance defensively from Luka on Tatum and Tatum finally gets a shot to go inside after a 1/8 start. – 9:06 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Another abysmal shooting night for Tatum, but he has 3 rebounds and 7 assists already – 9:06 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Jayson Tatum up to six assists. Can’t buy a bucket (1-8) but is keeping the ball moving. Boston with a 13-6 assist edge in the first half. – 9:05 PM
Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Another abysmal shooting night for Tatum, but he has 3 rebounds and 6 assists already – 9:05 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Tatum going to drop off passes to cutters more often. – 9:05 PM
Kendrick Perkins @KendrickPerkins
Tatum playing like it’s his first time in the NBA Finals. – 9:03 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Mavericks are going at Tatum defensively and he’s holding his own. Offensively he is hesitating too much and needs to attack to get to the FT line. #Celtics #NBAFinals9:02 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Jayson Tatum has five assists, but is 1-for-8 from the field, and 0-for-3 from deep, in 17 minutes so far tonight.
Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving are currently outscoring Tatum and Jaylen Brown 28-8 and the game is tied with 3:56 to go in the first half. – 9:01 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Tatum got space to get by Irving before help arrived this time because he made his move quick. Can’t hesitate. – 9:00 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Tatum isn’t scoring, but he’s making a big impact with his facilitating. He has five assists. – 9:00 PM
Souichi Terada @SouichiTerada
so the Celtics are 2-12 from 3, Tatum is 1-7 for 2 points and Doncic has 20 points on 8-12 shooting. despite all that, the Celtics lead 36-35. – 8:52 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
At a certain point you just gotta hit shots if you’re Tatum. He just can’t get separation at all this postseason, but tonight he’s missed some really good looks. The expectations are high. – 8:52 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Jayson Tatum’s first quarter: 0 points (0-4 FG), 2 rebounds, 1 assist – 8:46 PM
Alan Hahn @alanhahn
Good signs for Mavs:
— Celtics 3s not falling
— Seeking out Tatum on defense
— Kyrie finding his game
— Luka already trash talking a fan on the sideline – 8:45 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics trailing #Mavericks 28-25 despite 1 for 9 3pt shooting and just 2 combined points from Tatum and Brown. But they’ll have to get going soon. Luka and Kyrie combined for 21. #NBAFinals8:45 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Points in the 1Q:
13 — Luka Doncic
2 — Tatum and Brown combined PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Tatum checks out of the game with 0 points on 0-4 shooting. – 8:36 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Tatum had been playing the entire first quarter for a while, but gets a break here after his 0 for 4 start. – 8:32 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
Luka has looked pretty comfortable early here going at Tatum. He’s been trying to get to that matchup. – 8:32 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Dallas is doing a lot of Tatum-hunting defensively. That’s a new wrinkle. Looking to get Doncic on Tatum in isolations. – 8:30 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Tatum has switched onto Luka on nearly every possession defensively – 8:30 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Is … Is Luke hunting Tatum? – 8:29 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Tatum trying to reach on Luka instead of playing straight up defense. #Celtics #Mavericks #NBAFInals8:28 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Just a bizarre shooting postseason for Tatum. – 8:27 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
Tatum taking this shot is perfect timing, as Doris says that he won’t be affected by Jason Kidd proclaiming Jaylen Brown as the best player on the Celtics. PM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Mavs starters: Jones, Washington, Gafford, Irving, Doncic
BOS starters: Brown, Tatum, Horford, White, Holiday
7:07 tip @theeagledallas – 7:35 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Mavericks at Celtics – TD Garden – June 9, 2024 – NBA Finals Game 2 Starters
Boston – Holiday, White, Brown, Tatum, Horford
Dallas – Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Derrick Jones Jr., PJ Washington, Daniel Gafford
OUT – Boston: None Dallas: None PM

Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
Tatum not missing in warmups 🪣 PM

Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Jayson Tatum stops to sign a few autographs PM

Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown getting shots up pregame ahead of Game 2 of the NBA finals PM

Cameron Tabatabaie @CTabatabaie
Jayson Tatum from deep ahead of Game 2 of the NBA finals PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Most career Finals points by an active Celtic:
163 — Jaylen Brown
145 — Jayson Tatum
112 — Jrue Holiday
85 — Al Horford
74 — Derrick White PM

Gary Tanguay @Gary_Tanguay
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have truly arrived! With this TEAM attitude nobody will stop this Celtic’s team for years to come. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown appear unfazed by Jason Kidd’s attempts to rattle them…10:07 AM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
NBA Hall of Fame journalist David Aldridge explains the heavy criticism levied at Jayson Tatum, in this episode of The Big 3 NBA Podcast.
Listen, Watch & SUBSCRIBE: ⬇
⚡by PrizePicks & Gametime – Code CLNS – 9:16 AM

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When he arrived in the interview room after Game 2, Holiday got right down to business. “If I could say something before we jump in, I want to address the comment that was made yesterday,” he began. “I feel like people kind of took that out of context. I’ve been hearing that I prefer JB over JT, and that’s not what that was. I like to praise my teammates. I like to praise my teammates when they’re playing well, and I feel like that’s what I did my best to do.” -via New York Times / June 10, 2024
This game exemplified how Tatum and Brown have taken attention from the defense as a challenge to move the ball rather than dominate it. In the Celtics’ egalitarian offense, that ball always comes back around. “I’m really tired of hearing about one guy or this guy or that guy and everybody trying to make it out to be anything other than Celtic basketball,” head coach Joe Mazzulla said. “Everybody that stepped on that court today made winning plays on both ends of the floor. (That) is the most important thing.” -via New York Times / June 10, 2024


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