Don’t get Jayson Tatum indignant.
But even then, it most likely gained’t matter.
Tatum scored 17 of his 35 factors within the fourth quarter to place away the Knicks in a 114-98 Celtics victory on Monday regardless of drawing a technical foul he strongly disagreed with.
The Celtics led by 12 when Tatum was whistled for his fourth private foul, which annoyed him. He clapped his arms, then mentioned one thing within the path of the official who known as the foul earlier than the official on the opposite facet assessed him a technical foul.
“I shouldn’t have got the tech,” Tatum mentioned. “I imply, it’s robust. It’s an emotional sport, proper? The followers can see it, all people watching can see it, it’s onerous to play the sport with out feelings. I perceive there’s a fantastic line and stability, however fourth quarter, we enjoying protection and I screamed nothing loopy. I’m not even directing it in direction of anyone.
“For the ref on the other side to come and give me a tech, I don’t agree with that because it wasn’t right. Can’t go back and change it now.”
“I was mad. I thought I didn’t deserve that tech at all. I’ve gotten a lot of techs in my career I know that I deserve. That wasn’t one of them.”
Tatum was already within the strategy of his dominant fourth, however he gave a wry smile when requested if Monday served for example of him enjoying higher when indignant.
“Maybe so,” Tatum mentioned.
Tatum made 4 3-pointers within the last interval after beginning the sport 0-for-4 from deep. He had scored in different methods earlier than the fourth, together with on drives and post-ups. But he stored capturing from deep. With the Celtics up solely three early within the fourth, Tatum drilled a 3-pointer whereas being fouled by Josh Hart, and that four-point play bought him going.
“The three wasn’t falling and the toughest out of the night for me went in and I guess that kind of opened things up,” Tatum mentioned. “So I’ll take it.”
Tatum proceeded to take over. Two possessions later, he discovered Jrue Holiday for a 3-pointer that put the Celtics up 10. He discovered a lane to the ring on a pick-and-roll motion with Kristaps Porzingis to place the C’s up 102-90 with 5:07 to go proper earlier than getting the technical foul. If that made him indignant, he channeled it the proper manner. Fifteen seconds later, he hit a step-back triple over Mitchell Robinson. A minute later, a step-back 3 over Julius Randle from the nook put the C’s up 16 and successfully clinched the victory.
After a sluggish begin, Tatum trusted his capability, like he has up to now. And possibly that tech helped, too.
“You put the work in and I’ve played enough games, had enough tough shooting nights,” Tatum mentioned. “I mean, Game 6 actually is a prime example in Philly when I couldn’t hit a shot. You know, all really, really good scorers know it just takes one, takes one to change your momentum, change how you feel about yourself shooting the ball and once you see one go in, you feel a lot better about yourself.”