Ex-Nigerian player who is also the coach of Boston Celtics, Ime Udoka recently revealed what he told Jayson Tatum after his team struggled on their five-game Western Conference road trip last week.
Udoka’s words to Tatum surely helped the All-star bounced back, as he led Boston Celtics to a 117-104 victory over Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.
“You know, all these guys are working out together in summer, they spend a lot of time together whether it’s All-Star games and all that. And, quite honestly, I gave Jayson examples of what I used to say to Kawhi (Leonard) as a young rookie, and respecting guys too much at times,” Udoka said after Monday’s win. “I told him, ‘These guys aren’t your older brother. Don’t treat them like that.’ And he took it to heart and came out in attack mode tonight.”
Tatum finished with a season-high 42 points on 16-for-25 from the field. He added five rebounds, four assists and three steals to go along with it.
“But it’s across the board, our whole group, we know what we have to do to be effective,” Udoka continued. “And if my guys know me, I said ‘I’m most competitive guy and I want to see that reflect on you guys.’ And so, like I said, they took the tape to heart, bounced back tonight.”
The Celtics snapped their three-game skid with arguably their most impressive win of the season. Al Horford, Grant Williams and the Boston defense held Giannis Antetokounmpo to 20 points on 7-for-14 from the field all while the Celtics recorded 31 assists on 43 made baskets.
Boston got back to .500 with the win and now will host the Golden State Warriors on