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Jayson Tatum ahead of Game 5 of the NBA Finals: ‘I know I can improve’

Jayson Tatum knows that his game has reached a new level in his fifth season in the NBAplacing himself in the elite of the League as the top scorer of the Celtics.

But the three-time All-Star recognizes that at certain times he hasn’t reached his best level against the Warriors of Golden State And he must find a way to do it if he hopes to help Boston win its 18th title, no matter the spotlight and the weight that comes with it.

“I just have to improve,” he said after the triumph of Golden State 107-97 in Game 4 on Friday, which tied the series. “I know I can be better, it’s not like my team is asking me for something I’m not capable of. They know the level and I know what I can achieve.”

The Celtics had a chance to take a 3-1 lead in the Finals and sink the Warriors in a hole that only one team has been able to get out of in 36 attempts: the 2016 Cavaliers, who reacted as they trailed 3-1 to beat Golden State.

Boston cooled down collectively in the fourth quarter, while Stephen Curry capped off what may have been his finest hour in front of a stunned crowd at the TD Garden. Tatum he tried, but couldn’t match the dominance of #30.

Jayson he finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. It was his second-worst scoring performance ever, and he didn’t take care of the ball: He was responsible for six of Boston’s 16 turnovers that allowed the Warriors 19 points.

He practically did not appear in the fourth quarter, with just three points on one of five pitches and one delivery. The Celtics led 94-90 when they missed all six of their shots during a 10-0 drive by the Warriors. Boston never regained advantage. It can be fatal.


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