LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jayson Tatum actually played a back-to-back-to-back-to-back in college this year, during Duke’s four-game, four-day march through the ACC Tournament.
So one part of NBA life isn’t totally foreign to the rookie.
Games on consecutive days are going to be a common thing for Tatum going forward, and he knows it’s going to be an adjustment. He struggled with his shot at times Sunday, but did enough to help the Boston Celtics beat the Portland Trail Blazers 70-64 at the NBA Summer League — on a day where he was the marquee attraction.
“The back-to-back, the quick turnaround, I definitely felt it today, sluggish and tired,” Tatum said. “But we got the win.”
With No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz’s time in summer league now over because of a sprained ankle, and with No. 2 selection Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers having the day off, Tatum had plenty of eyeballs on him during Day 3 in Las Vegas.
His shot wasn’t there, but his game was.
Tatum had 11 points and seven rebounds and showed off his defensive knack again. The Celtics shot only 38 percent, but improved to 2-0.
Boston played its first game in Las Vegas on Saturday, topping Ball and the Lakers.
A day later, it was back…