When the Boston Celtics needed a win the most, Jayson Tatum was fantastic on a number of levels for the Celtics in Game 3. Tatum filled up the box score was was impactful on both sides of the ball. The young Celtics star would finish with 25 points, 14 rebounds, and 8 assists for Boston in a massive Game 3 win. This Celtics team has thrived when Tatum has been an impactful presence on the glass. Tatum previously had stated earlier in this series that he needed to get back to attacking the glass, and he showed it tonight finishing with a team high 14 rebounds.
CELTICS MAKE ADJUSTMENTS. HAYWARD RETURNS
It was a big night for the Celtics in general, as they received news before the game that Gordon Hayward would return to action. Hayward has been out of action during the playoffs since rolling his ankle in the opening round series against the Philadelphia 76ers. Hayward's presence was felt immediately and he would have a much greater impact than his stat line might suggest.
Hats off to Celtics head coach Brad Stevens who did a great job of making some big adjustments for the Celtics in this one. The most notable adjustment? Boston deciding to put key defensive piece Marcus Smart on Goran Dragic. The Miami Heat guard has been a force throughout the entire playoffs for the Miami Heat, and Boston realized they needed to slow down Dragic to have a shot to win in this one. Dragic would finish with 11 points on 2 of 10 shooting for the game.
TYLER HERRO IMPRESSES
Throughout the playoffs, it's always important to point out some of the players that have started to put the pieces together. Some of these individuals rise to "playoff basketball" and show us that they are "gamers" in so many words. Insert Miami Heat rookie Tyler Herro, who has continued to impress during his first year in the league. Herro would finish this game with 22 points on 8 of 18 shooting as well as 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
Boston was needing an "eye-opening" response in Game 3. Now, the tough test. Game 4 will be a massive game for both teams.