The Boston Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla spoke to reporters after Jayson Tatum scored 51 points leading Boston to a 112-88 victory on Sunday to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
Tatum scored the most in a Game 7 in NBA history. Jayson finished 17 of 28 from the field and added 13 rebounds and five assists, the fifth player in NBA history with 50-10-5 in a playoff game (per ESPN Stats).
“I told him, I loved him and I told him when the game starts, don’t listen to people and try to get out on a good start scoring,” Mazzulla said. “You’re not defined by scoring in my book. And that’s most important is, don’t let your identity be caught up in what others say about your identity is … when he plays a well-rounded game, our team is different, and credit to him for buying into that.”