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Three things you might have missed from Celtics-Cavaliers Game 3

Three things you might have missed from Celtics-Cavaliers Game 3

The Boston Celtics bounced back on Saturday night, taking down the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-93. Donovan Mitchell did his best to spoil the party, but Boston managed to slow him down in the second half, as Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Jrue Holiday carried the load on offense for the Celtics.

Here are three things you might have missed.

1. Run more offense

The Celticsโ€™ offense was fairly lackluster on Saturday. It worked out in the end, but it was far too much mismatch-hunting and not enough ball movement and off-ball activity. Too many times the Celtics set one screen and lived with the results of the matchup they got (or failed to get).

But when they did run multiple actions, it was beautiful.

Ball movement + getting into the teeth of the defense = great offense.

2. Jayson Tatum discusses the media

After his Game 2 performance, the local and national media was all over Jayson Tatum. His playoff-long shooting slump spilled over into the contest, and it was one of his toughest scoring nights of the postseason.

Following his bounce-back in Game 3 (even though it ended in a relatively rough fourth quarter), Tatum was asked about his perspective of the media.

His answer was thoughtful, transparent, and detailed. It was everything people should hope for from a superstar.

โ€œI do, I respect your guysโ€™ job,โ€ Tatum said, โ€œI respect the guys on TV. I donโ€™t always agree with the things that they say, but when theyโ€™re fair, and they take emotions out of it, whatever way that theyโ€™re leaning toward, and theyโ€™re fair, I respect it. I understand what the media has brought to our game โ€” more eyes, more attention, and how everybody has benefited from that.

โ€œSo, I wouldnโ€™t say I take it as disrespect โ€“ like I said, I donโ€™t always agree on what they say. Maybe I feel like theyโ€™re not watching everything else that Iโ€™m doing, but thatโ€™s not my job to focus on that, right, give it any attention. My job is to be the best player I can be for our team any given night.

โ€œYeah, I would love to make every shot I take, and I know I can shoot better, and I will. But at this time of the season, as long as we win and weโ€™re trending in the right direction, I know me, scoring will come. Iโ€™ve done that plenty of, plenty of times. Just trying to impact the game in other ways and just dominate, and not be defined as just a scorer.โ€

3. Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse deafened me

Saturday night may have caused permanent ear-drum damage. Rocket…

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