Ime Udoka on Jayson Tatum after Gm4 loss: “At times he’s looking for fouls”

Boston Celtics were unable to take control of the series and lost to the Golden State Warriors, who tied the Finals at 2-2. Ime Udoka criticized his team for the lack of offensive punch and shot selection once Boston was up during Gm 4.

Boston’s forward Jayson Tatum was a non-factor during the fourth quarter and finished the night with 23 points on 8-of-23 shots. In the crucial fourth quarter, Tatum touched the ball sporadically and shot 1-of-5 as the Warriors outscored the Cs 28-19.

“At times he’s looking for fouls,” Ime Udoka said. “They are a team that loads up in certain games. He’s finding the outlets. Shooting over two, three guys.

That’s the balance of being aggressive and picking your spots and doing what he’s done in previous games, which is kicked it out and got wide-open looks.”

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The Celtics could not find balance in the offensive end as many times their offense was stagnant, especially during fourth quarter. Boston finished tha game with 22 turnovers and Tatum had six of them.

“That’s the ongoing theme so to speak, him getting to the basket, being a scorer as well as a playmaker. They do a good job with their rotations. Sometimes hunting fouls instead of going to finish. I’ve seen that in a few games so far,” Udoka said.

When Tatum was asked about the foul-hunting that Udoka referred to, the Celtics’ superstar pointed out the lack of decisiveness he showed in Game 4. Tatum admitted he got to do better in that department.

“I think just quick decisions, don’t turn down any open looks, any daylight that I have, just continue to try to make the right pass. I had too many turnovers tonight. I think just make quicker decisions,” said Tatum.

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