Celtics' Jayson Tatum shrugs off max contract talk after disappointing playoff exit



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Celtics' Jayson Tatum shrugs off max contract talk after disappointing playoff exit

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum said he hopes he will learn a lot from a disappointing playoffs exit as he wants to continue to develop and grow as a player. Tatum, who was the leading scorer on the Celtics team this season, hoped he would lead his team to this year's NBA title but that wasn't the case as the Miami Heat beat the Celtics 4-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Tatum scored 24 points in Game 6, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out 11 assists but it wasn't enough as the Heat won 125-113 to close out the series. "That it's not easy," Tatum said when asked what he learned through this experience, per ESPN.

"It's tough. If you want those expectations, if you want to be that guy that's capable of doing those things, you've got to go through some tough things, some ups and downs, some stuff I can learn from. "I think I can learn a lot moving forward, from this season, this series.

I'll grow from it."

Tatum not thinking about a potential contract extension

The Celtics have a big offseason decision to make -- whether or not to give Tatum a max contract extension. "That's a tough question to answer," Tatum said.

"I haven't even thought about that yet. I was just focused on this season. "The front office and my agent gotta talk about it. But I'm not thinking about that right now. We just lost a series. Just thinking about the guys in the locker room and the games.

That's what I'm thinking about. Stuff like that, going to happen, if it happens, [is] not really my concern. I'm not even thinking about that. "I'll think about the great season we had, the great players, great job by everyone.

It was a helluva year, and I enjoyed it. I appreciate everybody. This was fun. I'm not really thinking about the other stuff right now." Meanwhile, Celtics guard Marcus Smart gave credit to the Heat after the series was over.

"They were just more aggressive," Smart said. "They were getting whatever they wanted ... unfortunately, we didn't combat it. We didn't respond the way we should have. "It's part of it. We played a really good team.

Gotta tip your hat off to those guys. Gotta go back to the drawing board and see what needs to be fixed and come back ready next year."