Speaking to the media during his postgame press conference, Jayson Tatum revealed he had a humorous exchange with Javonte Green, a good friend and former Celtic who had fouled Tatum with four seconds remaining in the first quarter.
“I told him he need to get a damn haircut, he was looking rough. I did,” Tatum said. “I told him, ‘You need to get a haircut.’ That’s why he fouled me. … Close friend of mine, somebody I enjoyed being on a team with, and just happy he’s getting a real opportunity here [with the Bulls], and obviously, he’s making the most out of it. So, I like competing against him.”
Green spent one and a half seasons with the Celtics, appearing in 73 regular season games and starting four of them. He finished his tenure in Boston averaging 3.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game, shooting 50.9% from the field and 30.2% from deep. However, since Green joined the Bulls, he’s carved out a significant role for himself off their bench, averaging 6.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game to begin the new season.
Brogdon Sounds Off on Celtics: ‘Need More Balance’
Against the Bulls, the Celtics struggled to convert 3-point attempts on a consistent basis and found defensive stops difficult to come by. During his postgame press conference, Brogdon shared his thoughts on the team’s current approach, noting it needed to be more balanced on both offense and defense.
“I think we’re such a high-level shooting team from the arc, we rely on that. And, I think we need more balance, especially if those 3s aren’t falling. If we’re not making shots out there, we gotta be able to play inside the arc and still defend, for sure. That’s one thing that can’t slip regardless of how we’re shooting the ball on the offensive end,” Brogdon said.
Brogdon was one of Boston’s better players against Chicago, ending the contest with 23 points, six assists and a rebound while shooting 61.5% from the field and 83.3% from deep on 5-of-6 shooting.
Celtics Took 50 3-Point Shots Against Bulls
Despite their poor shooting form from the perimeter against the Bulls, the Celtics jacked up 50 shots beyond the 3-point line and took only 37 attempts inside of the arc.
Even though the shots weren’t falling, it seemed the Celtics tried to force success by sticking with the deep-shooting strategy rather than attacking the paint and forcing the defense into rotation. Had they done that, they could’ve seen a few easy buckets drop around the rim and then returned to the perimeter game to see if the rhythm and defensive pressure had been adjusted.
Over their first 17 games, the Celtics are ranked second in the NBA in 3-pointers attempted per game, jacking up 41.9 attempts per game, meaning Boston took an additional eight shots from deep against Chicago. But they just weren’t falling and the Celtics winning streak came to an end.