The Boston Celtics are on a roll, winning their last seven games en route to an 11-3 record — the best mark in the NBA. However, in their November 14 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Jayson Tatum picked up a technical foul that a lot of people disagreed with.
John Goble, one of the game’s officials, called the technical early in the second quarter after Tatum clapped in frustration upon committing a personal foul seconds after he’d missed a layup. After the game, he liked a tweet mocking the incident.
“These folks just be giving @jaytatum0 Techs for being so cool… that gotta be it,” the tweet read.
“Jayson tatum just received the worst tech I’ve seen in the nba in a while. I’m actually laughing,” Durant tweeted.
Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant agreed with Durant, quote-tweeting his message.
Tatum was able to help lead the Celtics to a comeback win over the Thunder despite the early tech. He finished the night with 27 points, 10 rebounds and an assist on 9-of-23 shooting from the field and 1-of-9 shooting from distance. Tatum also notched three steals and three blocks on the night.
NBA Makes New Decision on Tatum Tech
“The @NBA is rescinding Jayson Tatum’s technical foul from last night, the hand clap called by John Goble, according to an NBA source. #Celtics,” Washburn tweeted.
Tatum currently ranks third in the league in technical fouls, with four this season. The only three players above him on the list are Durant and Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green, who both have six, and Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks, who has five.
His techs are a stain on an otherwise incredible season. So far this season, Tatum has appeared in all 14 of the Celtics’ games, playing 37.5 minutes per contest. He’s averaged 31.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists on 49.1% shooting from the field and 36.8% shooting from behind the three-point line.
Tatum Happy With Start to Season
In years past, Tatum has gotten off to slow starts to the season. But so far this year, that’s not the case. He believes that this is the best start to a season he’s had in his NBA career thus far.
“Yeah, like I said, this is definitely the best I’ve felt to ever start a season,” Tatum said. “You know, it kinda feels like how I felt I was playing towards the end of last season, when we really went on that run going into the playoffs, and to kinda start the playoffs. So, it feels great to start a season like this, because I definitely know to be on the other side, you know, being at .500, struggling shooting the ball, just really trying to figure it out. The way we’re playing, the way we playing, you know, it’s fun, and it feels good.”
And not only is he playing some of the best basketball of his career, but the Celtics also currently have the best record in the NBA.