Why Jayson Tatum doesn’t believe Celtics’ opener vs 76ers is ‘a statement’


“We’re not going to overreact if we win, if we lose. We can learn from both. It’s only one game.”

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Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics dribbles the ball towards Thaddeus Young of the Toronto Raptors. Photo by means of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Jayson Tatum and the Celtics spent all offseason interested by how the 2021-22 season ended — with the Warriors celebrating at the TD Garden ground after the Celtics bowed out of the NBA Finals in six video games.

The matter is nonetheless a little bit bit sore. On Monday, someday ahead of the Celtics get started their quest for redemption, Tatum was once requested if the primary sport of the season — Tuesday’s opener towards the 76ers in Boston — is a remark sport.

“It’s not a statement,” Tatum instructed journalists. “Obviously, we wish to win each sport we play. But we’re now not going to overreact if we win, if we lose. We can be informed from each. It’s just one sport.

“Yeah, we lost. There’s no secret. We talk about it like every day. It’s a relief to get out there and just play basketball and have a goal in mind. Obviously we’re trying to get to a championship. It starts with tomorrow, one game at a time.”

Tatum reportedly stopped speaking for a few weeks after the Finals. When he re-surfaced, his instructor Drew Hanlen instructed Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix he spotted a vital exchange in Tatum’s demeanor — the 24-year-old famous person turned into obsessive about profitable.

“I was exhausted,” Tatum instructed Mannix. “Didn’t feel like talking to anybody. Didn’t feel like being bothered. It’s hard to explain if you have never been in that situation. But losing a championship was f—ing miserable.”

The Celtics now have a lot larger targets than beginning 1-0. Last 12 months, they misplaced their opener to the Knicks and stumbled to a sub-.500 report for greater than part of the season ahead of turning issues round. This 12 months, they have got built a staff with an actual shot at rectifying closing season’s disasters.

Whether or now not the Celtics reach their targets rests closely on Tatum.

“I think I have more experience, learning from that deep playoff run going to the Finals,” Tatum stated. “That’s the advantage of that. I believe like our means — getting into this 12 months in a different way than I did closing season. …

“I feel good. I think we had a really successful training camp. Obviously, we wish we had [Danilo Gallinari] and [Robert Williams] but the group that we’ve had, I’ve loved the way we’ve played our preseason games and I’ve loved the way we’ve practiced. I think everyone is jelling well together. The feel that we have out there, it feels good.”

That’s excellent information for the Celtics, in fact, however Tatum may wish to take a look at his narrative along with his period in-between head trainer Joe Mazzulla.

“Every day is a statement,” Mazzulla stated when he was once requested a an identical query. “That’s essential to me.

“The guys have talked about it, we’ve talked about it. We have to take ownership of what we said. We’re not going to skip steps, and we have to treat every day with the utmost detail and the utmost approach in what we’re trying to accomplish. So I don’t really consider us former Eastern Conference champs anymore. It’s more about what we have to do now.”

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