Jayson Tatum had a rough shooting night in Game 1 of the NBA Finals but he is not particularly concerned going into Game 2. On Thursday night in San Francisco, Tatum shot just 3-of-17 from the field and finished with 12 points.
Even though Tatum didn't enjoy a great night, the Boston Celtics still managed to overcome a 12-point fourth quarter deficit and beat the Golden State Warriors 120-109. On Sunday, the Celtics will be looking to take a 2-0 lead versus the Warriors and Tatum is hoping to bounce back with a strong performance.
"Once you've done something before, you know how to respond," Tatum said, per ESPN. "I've had some bad shooting nights in the NBA. So it's like, I've been here before. I know what to do next game. I think a lot of it is mental.
You don't let it creep into your mind. I can't do nothing about what happened last game. I missed those shots and it is what it is. It's all about how to prepare and get ready for the next one."
Tatum felt he was still making the right plays
Tatum maybe didn't have his characteristic scoring outburst in Game 1 but he still found a way to be effective as he dished out 13 assists.
"I had more assists than points last game," Tatum noted. "So I feel like I made the right play more often than not. You know, it's not much to overthink. I feel like it's a lot of shots, the open shots that I miss more often than not that I make.
So it's not something that I'm losing sleep over. You know, we won. That was most important, right. It's the Finals. That's all that matters. Obviously, I know I've got to play better. I can't shoot like that every game and hopefully we win.
I expect to play better shooting-wise, but just impacting the game in different ways to do my part and let's get a win. I will continue to do that. Just read the game, read each play. That's how I kind of approach next game."