Jayson Tatum has a message for critics after Celtics blowout loss

Jayson Tatum smiling

May 7, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, United States; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) smiles before Game 1 of the 2024 NBA Playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics looked completely flat in their home loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night, but Jayson Tatum doesn’t seem too concerned about the disappointing performance.

After dominating the Cavs with a 25-point victory in Game 1 on Tuesday, the Celtics were eliminated by almost the same margin in their 118-94 loss in Game 2 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. talk about how the Celtics won’t be able to get over the championship hump if they lose focus like they did on Thursday.

After the match, Tatum had a message for some of those critics.

“We understand, right? The world thinks we’re never supposed to lose. We’re supposed to win every game by 25. It’s just not going to be like that all the time,” Tatum said. “We don’t expect it to be easy. It’s a good team we play. It’s the second round of the playoffs, so it’s going to be fun the rest of the series and especially Saturday. We bounced back and forth several times. I think we lost 16 games this year, so I like to think we responded pretty well to the times we lost.

Tatum was then asked if fans could be in for a treat after the way the Celtics played during the regular season. He said some accounts don’t match the credit Boston received — or lack thereof.

“The idea that we have a superteam is twofold, right? » said Tatum. “We didn’t have the coach of the year. We didn’t have the MVP. We’ve only had two All-Stars, so you could say we’re a great team, but we haven’t been rewarded like we are.

The stars are seemingly aligned for the Tatum-led Celtics to win an NBA title. Jimmy Butler’s injury helped Boston easily dispose of the Miami Heat in the first round. Giannis Antetokounmpo was also injured and could not play in the first round, and the Milwaukee Bucks were eliminated. Even in the Western Conference, the reigning champions Denver Nuggets are down 2-0 and in serious difficulty against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Celtics can probably afford to take a night off against the Cavs, but they might not make it in the Eastern Conference or NBA Finals. This is why fans overreact when a team that is supposed to be much better than the competition gets blown out at home.