- Feb 10, 2012
That's his main issue right now. Kemba is their engine, but clearly Tatum is the best scorer they have. There could have been 20 times he went to the rack and either pulled up or gone at the basket ... he did it finally on the last play and hey, Bam made an ALL-TIME great play. But if he did that a few other times rather than 33 foot step backs, they could have finished the Heat off in the 4th.Tatum just takes the toughest shot possible like half the time. It’s so aggravating.
Overall, Kemba is playing terrible and he knows that, everyone knows that ... I haven't lost confidence, he just needs to get going a bit. But he at least is in a good position as PG/creator to get his other guys (i.e. Smart) involved. They're trapping / hard hedging him so when they do that, he SHOULD be kicking to other guys, which he is. He just needs to get to the midrange / rim on times when it's there.
The Celtics still closed out the Raptors and had the Heat beat multiple times with their engine playing poorly. If he starts getting back to "normal" they'll be ok this series. But it's the ECF, it won't be easy regardless. The Heat have ballers and Jimmy's guts and toughness are something Tatum/Brown need to and will learn ultimately. Most guys at 22 or 24 don't quite have that yet.
Also, Hayward being there and healthy would be huge. I still am confident they can win this series.