After Jayson Tatum’s abysmal 1-for-18 shooting performance against the Mavericks on Monday, he didn’t seem bothered in the locker room. Not that he didn’t care, but he wasn’t aloof or anything along those lines.
Then he posted a video to social media, letting Celtics fans know he was working on his shot over at the Auerbach Center. This led to some social media praise regarding Tatum’s maturity and so on.
Posting a video of a workout isn’t a sign of maturation.
The way Tatum carries himself directly after a bad individual performance, win or loss, is what matters. More importantly, the way he took it to the Wizards in Boston’s 140-133 win on Wednesday is the type of thing Celtics fans should be looking for. (For a complete recap of the Celtics' win, click here.)
Rough shooting nights are going to happen, though. Tatum couldn’t get it together from deep on Monday (0-for-3) and he wasn’t much better on Wednesday (1-for-5).
Now, Tatum wasn’t perfect, despite scoring 23 points. But his mistakes didn’t manifest into something more. He moved on from Monday’s rough showing — like Jaylen Brown got past his 1-for-6 start to finish with 22 points on 9-for-19 shooting against the Wizards.
One bounceback performance does not make a player, but if it’s an accurate depiction of the direction Tatum is heading, the third-year wing is on the right track.