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Jayson Tatum's remaining flaw is an emotional one

 The Boston Celtics lost a close one in overtime to the Toronto Raptors, 137-134, in part due to a minor emotional reaction that got Jayson Tatum his second technical - and ejection - with 30 seconds remaining in the third quarter.


His first "T" came at the 3:37 mark of the third period after he slammed the ball to the court after being called for a personal foul. His ejection, which came as a surprise to virtually anyone watching the game - including me, came about after Jayson performed an overhead, exasperation-type arm movement following another personal foul called on him.

Tatum's game has come full-circle, and he has morphed into a complete player - perhaps even top-5 in the League. But he has never rid himself of the need to protest many of the calls against him. Getting tossed in a pre-season contest is of no consequence, but in the regular season - particularly in the playoffs - it could be devastating for The Green to lose their best player in a tight contest.

But unless I am missing something, the gesture that "earned" Tatum the ejection did not appear to be sufficient to result in getting tossed. But if the reputation as a complainer remains attached to Jayson Tatum, he can expect more of the same this season.


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