Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum says he is not lacking confidence at all and that's showing on the court. Tatum scored a team-high 33 points and also grabbed five rebounds and assisted five times to lead the Celtics to a 128-101 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 2.
In Game 1, Tatum scored a game-high 32 points and now his team has a 2-0 lead after the opening two games. "I'm playing confident," Tatum said, per the Associated Press. "Just trying to be aggressive and trying to make the right play.
I say that a lot, but that's as easy as I can break it down." 76ers coach Brett Brown praised the Celtics for their performance. "I think it got deflating when their shot makers went bananas," Brown said.
"I'm not going to scold their (76ers) effort. I think you've got to shake their hands -- the Celtics -- on some of the shots."
Joel Embiid admits it's been tough for his team
76ers center Embiid scored a game-high 34 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds but that wasn't enough.
"It's a long series," Embiid said. "We've got a long way to go. Obviously, this was a tough one tonight. We've got to lock in and get ready for Game 3." 76ers coach Brown then underlined that the team can't lose their spirit.
"You make sure that you hold the spirit of the locker room," Brown said. "You make sure that the group understands that there's enough character and enough talent in the room to regroup." Meanwhile, Utah Jazz star guard Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 40 points and dished out eight assists to help his team beat the Denver Nuggets 124-105 and even the series at one game apiece.
Mitchell knocked down his shots and led his team in scoring but he was especially happy with the way he was making plays for his teammates. "The biggest thing for me is reading the situation," Mitchell explained.
"My first years, I kind of saw the rim, being a scorer. I prided myself over the quarantine just how to become play-maker. Find a way to get the team involved. It may not always be scoring. I think today, just trusted my teammates."
Mitchell says the team now has to focus on Game 3. "We stayed locked in and communicated. That's what we need the whole series," Mitchell said. "We need the same energy and intensity."