Jayson Tatum’s Struggles and demeanor are discussed by a Celtics veteran.


Jayson Tatum’s Struggles and demeanor are discussed by a Celtics veteran.

While Boston Celtics All-Star Jayson Tatum’s shooting woes persisted, he and his teammates maintained their composure down the stretch against the Cleveland Cavaliers, squeezing out a 98-92 victory at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Monday night.

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Despite Tatum’s terrible shooting slump, the Celtics split their two-game series with the Cavs in their second consecutive matchup in Cleveland.

Tatum and the Celtics were in desperate need of a win after going 8-of-22 from the field, including 1-of-8 from three-point range, in a 91-89 loss to the Cavs.

On the other hand, Tatum struggled to find consistency on offense on Monday.

His shooting — 7-of-20 from the field, including 2-of-8 from beyond the arc — was nearly identical to the kind of scoring output we saw on Saturday.

On one end, Jayson had eight rebounds, two blocks, and one steal, while on the other, he scored 23 points and dished out five assists.

The team’s demeanor down the stretch was crucial for Celtics big man Al Horford (17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks), who picked up much of the slack in the starting lineup, which was missing All-Star Jaylen Brown and center Robert Williams (sore knee), who was ruled out of the second half.

According to the Celtics, Robert Williams (left knee soreness) has been ruled out for the night.

November 16, 2021, Josue Pavón (@Joe_Sway)

‘Starts a lot with Jayson,’ Al Horford says of the Celtics’ fourth-quarter calm.

Horford claims it was this factor, along with Tatum’s leadership, that made all the difference.

“We didn’t get rattled because we stuck with it.”

Horford said after the Celtics’ win on Monday night, “They were making some tough shots down the stretch.”

“Some excellent defense.

Calls didn’t go our way, but we were poised, and I believe Jayson (Tatum) is a big part of that.

In those moments, he’s very calm.

We’re just kind of following that and making sure we finish the game properly.”

In transition, it was calm Tatum who catapulted drives downhill for high percentage looks and trips to the free-throw line —

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