Jayson Tatum Shoulders Blame For Game 3 Loss Against Heat

Tatum only score two points in the second half


BOSTON — The Boston Celtics had a brutal start against the Heat in Game 3, and their second-half run was not enough as Miami went 2-1 up in the best-of-seven series in the Eastern Conference finals Saturday.

Jaylen Brown led the game with 40 points, but his teammate Jayson Tatum struggled in the second half, not making a field goal and scoring only two points. The Celtics forward left the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury but came back minutes later. Turnovers, once again, were an issue for Boston, and Tatum took full responsibly for the those troubles.

“Obviously, they played well from the beginning, but six turnovers, no field goals in the second half, that is unacceptable,” Tatum said. “Honestly, I’ve got to play better. I felt like I left the guys hanging tonight. That’s on me. I acknowledge that.”

The Celtics will get their chance to tie the series Monday at TD Garden. Tatum had a straightforward answer as to how he and Boston can recover from their Game 3 loss.

“I have to play better, simple as that,” Tatum said. “This point of the season, everything on the line, you have to play better.”

Tatum scored 10 points (3-for-14 shooting), grabbed six rebounds and notched four assists in Game 3. The Celtics will hope to avoid a 3-1 series deficit in Game 4, tipoff will be at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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