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Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum gave a peek into his mindset heading into a pivotal Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.Tatum entered the Chase Center wearing a Tiger Woods T-shirt. Heading into the game with the series tied 2-2, Tatum is averaging 22.3 points, 7.8 assists and 7 rebounds and is going to need to play even harder to steal another game from the Warriors on the road.CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM
Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics arrives to the arena prior to the game against the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 13, 2022 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California.
(Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)He scored 23 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 11 assists in Game 4. But Boston picked up a loss at home to Golden State 107-97.”I mean, I give [the Golden State Warriors] credit. They’re a great team. They’re playing well. They got a game plan, things like that,” Tatum said after the loss Friday night, via ESPN.”But it’s on me. I got to be better. I know I’m impacting the game in other ways, but I got to be more efficient, shoot the ball better, finish at the rim better. I take accountability for that.”WARRIORS’ KLAY THOMPSON FOCUSED ON THE PRESENT AMID ANNIVERSARY OF ACL TEAR: ‘I JUST WANT TO FRIGGING WIN’
Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics looks on during practice and media availability as part of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 12, 2022 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California.
(Mercedes Oliver/NBAE via Getty Images)On Sunday, Tatum got big praise from Warriors star Draymond Green for how he’s been able to handle the pressure in his first Finals appearance.”It’s tough. You’re experiencing something for the first time,” Green said Sunday. “I think he’s handled it well. He’s maybe not shot the ball as well as he’d like or everyone else would like. But overall, I think he’s been playing well, and that’s why it’s a 2-2 series coming back for Game 5. I think he’s handling it all extremely well. He’s taking what the defense gives him, and that’s what great players do. But I think he’s doing a good job.”Tatum said he’s just been trying to stay in the moment and ignore some of the criticism he’s received.
Jayson Tatum #0 and Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics walk off the court against the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 10, 2022 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
(Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPGame 5 is set for 9 p.m. ET. Ryan Gaydos is the sports editor for Fox News and Fox Business. Story tips can be sent to Ryan.Gaydos@fox.com.