Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown’s ceiling is high enough. But their floor may be too low.

The play can be a turning point. To start the third quarter of Monday’s Game Five against the Golden State Warriors, the Boston Celtics’ Jaylene Brown made two trips to the free-throw line, and by miracles, all four shots went down. Jason Tatum had swerved behind the screen to drown out a 3D cursor. On the next trip down, Brown traveled hard and almost lost his footing – it’s not a brown sequence unless the word gets upset It applies – but nevertheless Golden State’s defense collapsed and sent a pass to Tatum, who slipped into an unmarked area behind the arc. Another trilogy, taking 12 break points to 2, two amazingly talented and highly intellectual players on the same page.

It didn’t last, of course. The Celtics are now tracking three games against two, thanks this time not to Stephen Curry’s blast but because Boston’s All-Stars spending key periods of the competition seem to be bouncing and passing in oven mitts. Turnovers have been the team’s mainstay in every post-season – when the number is under 16, they’re 14-3; When they get that far, they’re 0-6 – and their best players have doubled to be the biggest offenders. (On Monday night, Tatum and Brown accounted for half of Boston’s 18 coughs.) But the employee turnover issue is also a microcosm of what the Tatum-Brown partnership now finds itself grueling and successful half a decade ago.

It is not, as he has often wondered in and around Boston, that its ceiling is not high enough to be worthy of a championship; Late spring was spent hitting the Hall of Fame and Defending Champions showed just that. It is, at this point, that their floor may be too low.

“We’ve certainly thought and had conversations about trading with a number of great players that he kind of thought were available over the past 10 years,” Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck told the New York Times last week, adding: “Men, it seems, are more What did the market do?

Tatum and Brown are two types of players — effective but not world-class — that the NBA tends to identify with what they lack. It is true that they did not find first-class individual skills or stylistic synergies with, say, Curry and Peak Clay Thompson, so much so that they fell into fits of repetition and toe-stepping. But it is also true that the fundamental problems they pose to opponents, during the qualifying period, outweigh those they themselves represent.

If neither have much hope of reaching Kevin Durant-esque efficiency from the winger – Tatum’s effective field goal percentage, in his fifth season, is 52.6; Brown was 54.1 in sixth – both of whom maintained a good enough position in this regard while carrying some of the heaviest burdens in the league. Tatum’s usage during the regular season was 32 percent and Brown’s 29.5, putting them both at 97The tenth Percentage of office group according to “clean glass”. Tatum has also grown visibly as a playmaker even during this season, spotting double teams and rotating the assist side earlier and passing them more quickly. His average assists, his career best 4.4 per game during the regular season, jumped to 6.1 in the playoffs.

The Celtics entire deal is getting close to historic levels in defense and getting enough points on the other end to advance, and since the team’s mid-year turnaround, Tatum and Brown have provided crucial margins. The last time Boston ran into a 3-2 deficit, Tatum snatched 46 points on the night against the Milwaukee Bucks. In the Celtics’ comeback from a 15-point deficit in the first game of the Finals, Brown set up a 24-7-5 streak booked in the first quarter by an extended sequence of things and jams and eventually with a 10-point blowout. If their game isn’t the Warriors’ calculus at their best, the Celtics can count on simpler arithmetic: it’s hard to stop both at once.

It gets a lot easier, though, when they stop themselves. Monday night’s game was a classification of fouls: ejections to benches, shoe-bending dribbles, and hot-air balloon passes in a Golden State defense lightning storm. Seven minutes before the end of the match and the Warriors regained the lead by 9 points, Brown got a clean goal from Gary Payton’s second. The next trip down, as he drove against Curry, the ball turned into a bar of soap.

Calling these errors their own, and suggesting that all the Celtics had to do to salvage their title hopes was to pay better attention, thus diminishing the influence of their opponents; If the Warriors’ defense isn’t quite as stifling as Boston’s, it’s close. But the case of the butter fingers wasn’t specific to the golden state. (On the other hand, his shotmaking industry has: Tatum and Brown’s effective field goal ratios dropped to 46.6 and 46.8, respectively, during the Finals.) Brown’s turnover ratio during the regular season was 12; It grew to 13.5 in the post-season, in the bottom quarter of the wards in the playoff teams. Tatum was 11 during the regular season and reached 14.8 in the playoffs. When Andrew Wiggins teased him for an extra shuffle of his feet during a fourth-quarter drive-thru Monday night, Tatum set an NBA record with 95The tenth Postseason rotation.

Some teams can afford such recklessness, or even write it off as the cost of doing business. (Throughout their dynasty, Warriors were willing to put up with dirty passes as a trade-off for great passes.) They were and still are a strong enough club that they don’t need the best of Tatum and Brown to make a championship comeback. But they can’t stand long periods of their worst habits.

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