Jayson Tatum should stay off his phone for a few days following the Boston Celtics’ NBA Finals loss to the Golden State Warriors in six games.
The star forward’s ability as a bona fide star is being called into question after a failed opportunity. The 24-year-old had a chance to take the next step in his development by showing out on the biggest stage and carry his team to a championship.
Instead, he watched as his superstar opponent, Warriors guard Stephen Curry, rose to another level on his way to claiming his first unanimous NBA Finals MVP award.
Tatum averaged 21.5 points, 7.0 assists and 6.8 rebounds but shot just 36.7% from the field and an embarrassing 65.6% from the charity stripe in the series.
The Celtics star also turned the ball over 23 times in six games, ultimately committing the most turnovers in NBA playoff history.
Twitter responded as you’d expect.
Tatum has plenty of time to ascend into a true superstar, but his first NBA Finals appearance was nothing short of a missed opportunity.