Jayson Tatum Catches Heat from NBA Twitter for Struggles in Celtics' Game 4 Loss

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJune 11, 2022

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 10: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics handles the ball against the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 10, 2022 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Golden State Warriors knotted the NBA Finals at two games apiece after Stephen Curry dropped 43 points in a 107-97 Game 4 road win against Boston Celtics on Friday evening.

On the flip side, Celtics star forward Jayson Tatum struggled mightily.

The former Duke star did register a team-high 23 points, as well as 11 rebounds, six assists and three blocks.

However, he also shot 8-of-23 (4-of-15 on two-pointers) and committed six turnovers. Tatum started hot and found himself with 18 points three-plus minutes into the second half, but he scored just five the rest of the way.

He made his first fourth-quarter bucket—a three-pointer with 10:46 remaining—but missed his final four shots and did not score the remainder of the game.

Tatum has made just 28-of-82 field goals (34.1 percent) in the NBA Finals. His offensive efficiency is a legitimate concern right now, with Game 4 serving as the exclamation point.

NBA Twitter noted his struggles during the game.

Doc Louallen @LouallenDoc

Jayson Tatum owes his team straight 40+ games. This is horrendous series for him. I don’t care about stats, he turns the ball over way too much and doesn’t score on his mismatches. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CelticsVsWarriors?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CelticsVsWarriors</a>

Michael Hurley @michaelFhurley

Robert Williams was 3-for-3. The other four Celtics starters shot 26-for-66 from the field. Tatum was 8-for-23 with six turnovers. Such an absolutely massive game, Celtics didn’t get a superstar performance. Golden State, quite obviously, did.

Alex Barth @RealAlexBarth

Jayson Tatum was 1/5 from the floor in the fourth quarter. His last shot attempt came with 3:28 to play.

Josh Eberley 🇨🇦 @JoshEberley

I got to say, Jayson Tatum has been pretty underwhelming so far in this series.

Dan Greenberg @StoolGreenie

8-23 for Tatum is unfortunate

Mike Ryan (Ruiz) 🙌🏽 @MichaelRyanRuiz

Not sure I get what Tatum has been doing this 4th quarter so far

Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1

Tatum hiding in plain sight last two minutes…

Ducis Rodgers @duciswild

Anyone see Jayson Tatum in this 4th quarter? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GSWvsBOS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GSWvsBOS</a>

Dakota Randall @DakRandallNESN

Warriors didn't even play well in the fourth. Tatum just disappeared and the Celtics played some god-awful, bombs-away offense

Tatum is a three-time All-Star who just made his first-ever All-NBA First Team, and he's certainly capable of turning this around quickly. He'll get a chance to do just that for Game 5 on Monday at 9 p.m. ET in San Francisco's Chase Center.