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Go easy on Jayson Tatum. Even Bird had shooting woes in Finals.

 An NBA's shooters' touch can abandon him at any time - particularly in the intensity and fatigue of the NBA Finals. Jayson Tatum may be shooting an uncharacteristic 34.1% (28-of-82) in the four games versus Golden State, but even the legendary Larry Bird had his shooting woes in Games 3, 4 and 5 in the 1981 Finals against the Houston Rockets


Larry scored only eight points in Game 3, hitting only 3-of-11 from the field. Bird repeated that slump with eight points on 3-of-11 in Game 4. Game 5 saw 12 points from "The Legend", hitting 5-of-16 on field goals.

Bird came through in a clinching Game 6, with the Celtics taking the victory and the Championship. He racked up 27 points and was 11-of-20 from the field. Larry's shooting may have been off in that 3-game span, but he collected 37 boards, 25 assists and seven steals to go with his 28 points during that 3-contest period.

Boiling it down, Tatum registered 34.1% from the field in four games, while Larry shot 28.9% over three games. Game 4 of the 2022 Finals is tonight, and the series is tied 2-2. The present Celtics squad was never projected to be in the 2022 Finals. Tonight would be a fine time for superstar Tatum's shot to revisit him. 

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