Tatum takes issue with Perk’s postgame Twitter observation originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
On a night in which teammate Jaylen Brown recorded his first career triple-double, Jayson Tatum didn’t have a bad night himself.
Certainly Tatum’s numbers (19 points on 6 of 14 shooting) paled in comparison to Brown’s 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, but so long as the Boston Celtics picked up the win over the New York Knicks, no harm, no foul, right?
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For NBC Sports Boston analyst Kendrick Perkins, one of the Celtics’ toughest critics of late, it seems as though Tatum could’ve done more in a supporting role.
Tatum, whose shooting percentage for the season actually improved on Saturday — he’d entered the game at a career-worst 41.8 percent — took notice of Perk’s criticism almost immediately.
Perk, who offered a spirited defense of the Twitter dust-up on Postgame Live, replied to Tatum online as well.
“I wasn’t saying it to demoralize or put him down,” Perkins said. “What I was saying was, to my point I’ve been bringing up, I want to start seeing both of them on a consistent basis put together great games between the both of them.”
For Perk’s full response on PGL, see video above.
After the Celtics blew a 25-point lead against these same Knicks just 48 hours earlier, Perkins said that the Celtics were “broken.”
To Perk’s credit, on nights when both Tatum and Brown are truly brilliant, the Celtics are nearly imp