BOSTON — The roller coaster that is the Celtics’ 2022 postseason is back on the upswing.
After dropping a wild Game 3 at home on Saturday, the Celtics bounced back with a resounding 102-82 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden.
Jayson Tatum led the charge with a game-high 31 points, nearly doubling the output of Miami’s starters, who scored just 18 points combined. Derrick White chipped in 13 points in place of the injured Marcus Smart while Robert Williams added 12 points and nine rebounds in his return to help the Celtics tie the best-of-seven series at 2-2.
The C’s are now a perfect 5-0 following losses this postseason and will look to take a 3-2 series lead Wednesday night when the series shifts back to Miami for Game 5.
Here are our takeaways from Boston’s statement Game 4 win:
Jayson Tatum’s aggressive mindset pays off
Tatum’s best games this postseason have come after losses — and Monday night was no exception.
The Celtics star bounced back from his brutal Game 3 to deliver an excellent all-around performance (31 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks). He attacked the rim all night, scoring 24 of this 31 points either in the paint (10 points) or at the free throw line (14 points).
Tatum’s 16 free throw attempts were his most in a game since March 6.
Tatum also thrived as a…