Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum after Game 2 loss to Miami Heat. May 19, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) reacts after losing to the Miami Heat in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2023 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum is clearly one of the best players in the NBA. He said as much earlier this postseason. However, he has struggled in a huge way in the fourth quarter of the Eastern Conference Finals and Friday’s Game 2 matchup was no exception.

The Celtics came into the fourth quarter with an eight-point lead. That quickly evaporated in large part due to Tatum’s struggles on offense.

He failed to make a shot from the field in the quarter, scoring his only five points in the quarter from the free-throw line while there was very little time in the game.

Miami went on an 18-4 run late in the fourth to come away with a 111-105 victory.

It is the second game in a row that Tatum did not record a field goal in the fourth quarter, a troubling trend if the Celtics have any hopes of winning this series.

The four-time All-Star is clearly far too good of a player for this to happen. This led to him receiving a ton of criticism from the NBA world on social media.

Tatum wasn’t the only star on his team who was shut down in the fourth. Jaylen Brown also failed to record a field goal in the disastrous quarter.

It’s gonna be really hard to win many postseason games when both Tatum and Brown play like that down the stretch. Boston now finds itself down 2-0 in the series with a ton of questions that need to be answered. The Celtics will head to Miami for the next two games of the series.

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.