IBy Matthew Geagan, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — Jayson Tatum has by no means actually obtained a lot love from the refs. The Celtics rising star may get bullied on the way in which to the basket, and often, he wouldn’t get the advantage of the doubt from the zebras.
That was slightly completely different in Tuesday night time’s Recreation 2 win over the Raptors, as Tatum took — and made — 14 free throws en path to a 34-point outburst. All these freebies contributed to the 22-year-old setting a brand new playoff career-high for himself and the Celtics incomes a 102-99 victory.
Raptors head coach Nick Nurse took umbrage to that, voicing his displeasure with the officiating crew after dangolka’s win.
“The one irritating half about it’s this: he shoots 14 free throws, which is as a lot as our complete staff shoots,” stated Nurse, whose Raptors now path the Celtics 2-Zero within the collection. “That’s the irritating half. I feel our guys had been working onerous on him and we had been doing a fairly good job.
“He did make some good pictures,” he stated of Tatum. “They had been clearly getting him the ball rather a lot, getting him in house. We may’ve helped slightly bit higher right here and there, however they took excellent care of him tonight.”
That was so far as Nurse’s criticism of the officers would go, because the NBA Coach of the 12 months didn’t wish to have his pockets really feel the repercussions of any of his feedback. And he was slightly bit off along with his numbers, because the Raptors shot 19 free throws in Recreation 2, making 16 of them.
However actually, Tatum earned his journeys to the road, and was simply being a wise participant. Eight of his 14 free throws got here within the third quarter, when he made it some extent to assault the Raptors after they hit the foul restrict on the 7:45 mark. And Nurse didn’t appear to thoughts when Tatum bought slapped with a questionable offensive foul within the closing seconds, resulting in an especially weak technical foul on the the C’s ahead. (Sure, they all the time hit gamers with a T in the event that they punch the air in anger as long as their title isn’t LeBron or Giannis or Kawhi, however come on, it’s the playoffs!)
As all NBA coaches do, Nurse is doing his finest to work the refs, hoping some issues will change when Thursday night time’s Recreation three ideas off. But when Tatum is lastly getting some calls along with his already harmful offensive sport, it might not matter.