Jayson Tatum Was Horrible, but If the Boston Celtics Stopped Whining, They May Have Beaten the Bucks

The Boston Celtics had an opportunity to beat the Milwaukee Bucks this season, but their squad was plagued with injuries and Jaylen Brown played poorly. If they stop whining about these things, maybe they’ll be able to do it next year if everything goes right.

The refereeing was suspect at best, as it has been in many NBA playoff games. Fouls were overlooked, bodies were flying all over the place, and complaints were at an all-time high in a brutal series between the Boston Celtics and the reigning champion Milwaukee Bucks.

During Milwaukee’s 103-101 win against Boston, which put the Bucks up 2-1 in the series, Jayson Tatum battled hard. While Tatum wasn’t at his best, his complaints to the officials may have cost the Celtics the game.

The Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum had a poor shooting night.

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Jayson-Tatum-1024x683 On May 07, 2022, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics shoots over Jrue Holiday of the Milwaukee Bucks during the second quarter of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Fiserv Forum. | Getty Images/Stacy Revere .

If Tatum had a bad game, the Celtics would be up 2-1 in the series. The three-time All-Star from Boston missed 15 of 19 attempts from the field. He ended with 10 points despite going 0-for-6 from three-point range. Tatum will never forget that game.

“Today was an exception.” In his postgame news conference, Tatum said, “I probably was thinking a little bit too much.” “It all comes down to making better readings, and I passed up a lot of opportunities today for myself.” Obviously, I expect to perform better, and I’m just hoping to win on Monday.

“I’m not going to make it all about myself or whatever.” I need to improve. My colleagues and I are aware of this. I’m sure I will, and we’ll make some tweaks so that Monday is a little bit better.”

Tatum was wounded on his left wrist by two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo on a hard foul, but he didn’t blame it for his bad play.

He said, “That’s something I’ve been struggling with for about two months now.” “There was nothing unusual about it.” It upset me when I fell on it. But nothing I haven’t dealt with in the last two months.”

Jayson Tatum and the Celtics complained too much, and it cost them.

Ime Udoka on complaining to the refs: “At times we gave up at least two or three baskets complaining to the refs… we invite that physicality and don’t want to be the team crying about it.” pic.twitter.com/BHDsxAtJN9

— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) May 7, 2022

The Celtics were behind 14 points late in the third quarter and 13 points with 10 minutes left. Even so, the contest came down to the last seconds.

With 4.6 seconds left, Marcus Smart was fouled outside the three-point line. Smart and the Celtics felt he was shooting at the time, but the officials disagreed. Smart hit the first free shot but missed the second, trailing by three points. He grabbed his own rebound and attempted a shot, which he missed. As missing tip-ins by Robert Williams and Al Horford, Horford eventually scored moments after the buzzer rang.

Celtics coach Ime Udoka made a point of mentioning his team’s response to the refereeing as the game neared its conclusion. It’s possible that their whining lost them the game.

“I realized when we were whining a little bit to the referees and they’re out getting threes that we have up at least two or three points,” Udoka said. “(Pat) Connaughton and Portis each received one.”

“As much as they’ll let you play, you’ve got to play through it and keep your cool.” We have to play through it and not complain about calls if they’re going to call it that way regularly on both sides.

“We don’t want to be the squad that complains about the physicality.”

After the game, Udoka expressed his dissatisfaction.

Ime Udoka on the Marcus Smart play late in the 4th: “It was a foul… poor no call… Bad missed call.” pic.twitter.com/C2OATuxlL3

— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) May 7, 2022

When the game was done, Udoka complained about the refereeing. Smart should have been at the line to fire three points after he was fouled, according to his news conference.

He responded, “It was a foul.” “With both feet positioned, he caught the ball and turned it into a shot.” When you’re heading into a shot, you can’t claim that’s a sweep.

“Bad call. Awful no-call. You can see it plainly. I witnessed it in person as well as on the film I was just watching. It’s a gamble. He’s getting ready to take a shot. On his way up, he’s being fouled. “Bad phone call.”

Despite Tatum’s poor performance, it was just a two-point game for Celtics supporters. They return on Monday with the goal of tying the series.

In Game 4, the Celtics should benefit from a few more Tatum baskets and fewer complaints.

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