Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Kevin Durant is calling the NBA over Jayson Tatum’s decision

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The Boston Celtics won their seventh straight game Monday night, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 126-122. That being said, the Thunder made things difficult for Boston, and for most of the first half, the Celtics constantly got in their own way by arguing with the umpires.

Early in the second quarter, Jayson Tatum missed a layup and then committed a foul. He clapped in frustration, but the referee ruled the action a technical foul. Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant tweeted about the incident and called out the NBA on the call.

“Jayson Tatum just received the worst technology I’ve seen in the NBA in a long time. I’m actually laughing.” Durant tweeted.

After the technique, Tatum was stunned. He argued for a few moments before finally conceding. It was the second technical foul of the game for Boston, as Grant Williams picked up one early in the first quarter for arguing a call.

Tatum finished the night with 27 points, 10 rebounds and an assist in 38:00 action. He also pulled off three steals and three blocks, wreaking havoc on the defensive end.

Durant isn’t the first NBA superstar to throw a few words at Tatum in recent days. Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid made a comment that appeared to be aimed at Tatum.

After Philadelphia’s win over the Utah Jazz, Embiid said he told Lauri Markkanen to miss a few free throws so he could put his kid to bed. The comment was eerily similar to one made by Tatum, and fans were quick to point it out.

“Joel Embiid said he told Lauri Markkanen he had to have his son Arthur put down when he was shooting those free throws late in the first quarter, so he wanted him to miss to avoid overtime.

“Embiid admitted he lied – he said Arthur was in bed at 7:30 sharp every night,” he tweeted ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.

Morant shared a similar story about Tatum, who went on the line late in the fourth during Boston’s win over the Memphis Grizzlies. The Memphis star said Tatum remarked that he had to “put Deuce to bed” when trying to convince him to miss free throws.

And as if that wasn’t enough, previous superstars have spoken out about Tatum too. NBA Hall of Famer and Celtics legend Kevin Garnett said Tatum should be this year’s MVP.

“First off, Jayson Tatum for MVP. He’s amazing.” Garnet said. “We already knew Jayson Tatum could hit the ball with the best of them right? But I see this year that he has taken another step. I think in the last four or five games I’ve seen his defensive effort was a lot bigger than what I’ve seen. He seems much more tied on both ends and plays like a top five player.

So far this season, Tatum has appeared in all 14 games for the Celtics, playing 37.5 minutes per game. He averages 31.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists on 49.1% shots from the field and 36.8% shots from behind the three-point line.



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