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Jayson Tatum can't make 3-pointers anymore, and the reason is obvious

Post by 112288 on Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:23 am


Jayson Tatum can't make 3-pointers anymore, and the reason is obvious

WEEI John Tomase February 09, 2018 - 1:46 pm


On Dec. 20, Jayson Tatum dove for a loose ball against the Heat as the league's leading 3-point shooter. He came up clutching his mangled right pinky and has shot them like Marcus Smart ever since.

If you're looking for a reason why Tatum's 3-point shooting has dropped from .515 on Dec. 20 to .315 in the 23 games since, that dive is the first and only place to start.

Tatum badly dislocated the pinky on his shooting hand when he was kicked while trying to corral a loose ball at midcourt. He left the floor in pain, his finger bent sideways at a 90-degree angle before the medical staff snapped it into place, taped him up, and sent him back to the bench. He ended up playing 28 minutes in a one-point loss.

As Tatum continues to struggle from beyond the arc -- Brad Stevens left him on the bench in the closing seconds of regulation with the Celtics needing a 3-pointer in Thursday's overtime victory against the Wizards -- the connection between his injury and his shooting woes appears pretty apparent.

On Dec. 20, Tatum led the NBA in 3-point shooting at .515, having made 51 of 99. Since then he has made just 23 of 73 for a .315 percentage. After sinking at least half of his 3's in 20 of the team's first 33 games, he has met that threshold only six times in 23 games since.

To his credit, he has found other ways to contribute. He's one of three Celtics to appear in every game, and a month shy of his 20th birthday, he leads the team in minutes played. His career highs in blocks (6), assists (5), and steals (4) have all come since the injury, and he erupted for a career-high 27 points in a recent win over the Hawks despite missing his only 3-point attempt of the night.

He has become increasingly confident taking opponents off the dribble, and his midrange game remains steady.

Whether he regains his 3-point stroke remains to be seen, but it's pretty easy to draw a straight line between his dip in that department, and the injury he suffered seven weeks ago.
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Post by 112288 on Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:33 am

I will throw in another factor.  Tatum has not been crisp with his game ......he just seems to be at times in a fog and he is not attacking the basket as he did earlier in the season ........right up to the holidays.

I believe his mind is not focused due to the birth of his son in January.   It is way too much stress to not only absorb basketball on an NBA level but also to take care of a family.

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Post by KyleCleric on Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:22 pm

It's also a long season.

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Post by worcester on Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:57 pm

Jayson has played more minutes than any other Celtic this season - 64% of all available minutes the team has played he has been on the court.

The runners up -
Kyrie - 61%
Al - 61%
Jaylen - 60%
Marcus - 50%

Jayson is carrying a BIG load his young body is simply not accustomed to enduring. His stamina will improve as will his strength and production in the years to come. Watch him blossom.
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Post by steve3344 on Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:16 pm

But no one ever thought he could keep up at 50%+ pace on threes for the whole season.

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Post by 112288 on Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:23 pm

At this point in the season how many games would he have played in college. How many in the NBA. Remember he is playing with men....not kids and the demands are magnified 10 fold.

He's hit a physical wall............All Star break will rejuvenate him.

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Post by bobheckler on Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:38 pm

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On his 20th birthday, Jayson Tatum made his 81st and 82nd 3's of his rookie year, which means he'll qualify for both the league lead and the NBA rookie record.





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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:15 pm

I just wish people would give this kid a break.  We have Jeff Goodman saying he is going to be better than Paul Pierce. That may be true, but let's let the kid get a couple of years under his belt before we start anointing him King.  Then there are those who question if he is going to have anything left in the tank since he only played one year at Duke and his season was so much shorter.  These kids play ball all year long. He may have hit a small wall, but give him time he is climbing over it and certainly helped the team last night against the Rockets.  It is amazing he has done as well as he has being thrown into the fire the way he was because of Hayward's injury. 

He is an exciting player to watch at times. Just think, when he grows into that body and matures more, he will be even more fun to watch. 
I love the young kids on this team.  We are in for some real fun in the near future. Last night was just a taste.
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Post by NYCelt on Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:59 am

RosalieTCeltics wrote:I just wish people would give this kid a break.  We have Jeff Goodman saying he is going to be better than Paul Pierce. That may be true, but let's let the kid get a couple of years under his belt before we start anointing him King.  Then there are those who question if he is going to have anything left in the tank since he only played one year at Duke and his season was so much shorter.  These kids play ball all year long. He may have hit a small wall, but give him time he is climbing over it and certainly helped the team last night against the Rockets.  It is amazing he has done as well as he has being thrown into the fire the way he was because of Hayward's injury. 

He is an exciting player to watch at times. Just think, when he grows into that body and matures more, he will be even more fun to watch. 
I love the young kids on this team.  We are in for some real fun in the near future. Last night was just a taste.

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Post by bobheckler on Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:18 am

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How well has Jayson Tatum shot the 3 in his 19-year old rookie year?





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MY NOTE:  I think the previous article claiming that Jayson Tatum can't shoot 3s anymore was, to put it bluntly, a premature ejaculation by the author.  He who laughs last, laughs best.


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Re: Jayson Tatum can't make 3-pointers anymore, and the reason is obvious

Post by gyso on Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:45 am

I think the original article based Tatum's drop off in shooting threes was based on his mangled pinky. His finger has somewhat gotten better and so has his shooting.

Perhaps this makes the case that the author was spot on.

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Post by Sandpd on Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:08 pm

gyso wrote:I think the original article based Tatum's drop off in shooting threes was based on his mangled pinky.  His finger has somewhat gotten better and so has his shooting.

Perhaps this makes the case that the author was spot on.

Ditto
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Post by gyso on Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:59 pm

Sandpd wrote:
gyso wrote:I think the original article based Tatum's drop off in shooting threes was based on his mangled pinky.  His finger has somewhat gotten better and so has his shooting.

Perhaps this makes the case that the author was spot on.

Ditto

Pardon my mangled first sentence. Great job understanding it though. Embarassed

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