Jayson Tatum had a great first half in Game 6 but didn't do much in the second half and later said it was the flow of the game that caused his lack of shots in the second half. Tatum finished with 30 points but he had 18 points at the halftime and attempted just one field goal in the fourth quarter.
The Celtics couldn't get Tatum or Jaylen Brown going in the second half as the Miami Heat won Game 6 111-103 to tie the series to 3-3 and shift the series back to Miami. "I think it's just the flow of the game, how the game was going," Tatum said of his lack of shots in the second half, per ESPN.
"Obviously, I've got to watch the film and things like that, but I think being out there and just the feel of the game, drawing a lot of attention, trying to find mismatches. I think it was just kind of how the flow of the game was going."
Tatum confident ahead of Game 7
The Celtics missed out on a chance to close out the series in front of their home fans in Game 6 but Tatum is fully confident they could win in Miami on Sunday night.
"Scale of 1 to 10?" Tatum asked with a smile. "Ten. "I mean, it shouldn't be any less than that, right? You know, it's the last game. That's what it's all about. It's a 10 out of 10 in my confidence level and the group." The Celtics were 2-3 down to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, before winning Games 6 and 7 to progress into the Eastern Conference Finals.
"We won the close-out game, obviously, [against Milwaukee], and for us we've won two in Miami, so that's the positive of it," Celtics head coach Ime Udoka said. "We know we can go there and win. But just have to make it harder than it is, and at times it feels like we're doing that, not taking advantage of what's in front of us, and just overall sloppy basketball on both ends. We can't have that on the road."