Celtics running out of point guards - up steps Jayson Tatum
This is getting ridiculous. Boston's banged up point guard crew is comprised of Kyrie Irving (bum knee), Marcus Smart (non-self-inflicted hand injury & subsequent surgery), Terry Rozier (tweaked ankle) and Shane Larkin (flu requiring hospitalization).
Shane Larkin spent a couple days in the hospital due to the flu. He will not travel with Boston at start of road trip but could join in Milwaukee if doctors clear him.
Stevens: "He was in the hospital for a couple of days. It was a tough deal."
In the past, I have broached Tatum being a three-position player able to play at the two, three and four. Manning the middle at the five is not out of the question with some added muscle weight. Playing point guard never entered my mind, but it apparently entered Brad Stevens' consciousness.
Stevens on Point Tatum: "We played him at the one some tonight which we haven't done yet it allowed us to be big at the other end of the floor which was really nice. He’s a talented guy who does a lot of good things."
Can Jayson Tatum be a true 5-position player in the NBA? It is possible down the line. When I have written about Paul Pierce in the past - he of the stutter step and herky-jerky moves - I have pointed out that Jayson didn't have those in his game. But he does now. I liked the four assists on Saturday. Passing used to be a weak point for Tatum. He is a much better distributor now. We should be seeing more of Jayson at the one. A surprising but positive turn of events.