Injuries took a toll on the Boston Celtics throughout the 2017-18 season. Gordon Hayward missed all but five minutes and Kyrie Irving missed the final 14 games in addition to the entirety of the postseason.
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Despite the impending return of the All-Star duo, forward Jayson Tatum expressed a lack of concern on seeing a potentially decreased role in year two in an interview with Boston.com.
"Everybody has a job to do. Our job is to be the best versions of ourselves and come together for a bigger goal, which is winning a championship. Brad's job is to manage playing time and manage all sorts of stuff. That's why he's the coach. We got a bunch of selfless guys on the team that just want to win. We'll figure it out."
Tatum, who has yet to come off the bench in his short NBA career, is aware of the unique overload of talent in Boston. To him, winning is all that ultimately matters:
"I understand how deep our team is. I just care about winning and doing what I can while I'm on the floor."
Tatum earned All-Rookie First Team honours in 2017-18 after averaging 13.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals over 80 games. His 43.4 percent 3-point shooting was the eighth-best in the league. Tatum increased his scoring in the 2018 playoffs, averaging 18.5 points in the Celtics' 19 postseason games - his point total of 351 was just one shy of tying the postseason record held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
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If the postseason is any indicator, the 20-year-old will make the most of any role head coach Brad Stevens puts him in.