Jayson Tatum reacts to Celtics’ struggles: ‘I don’t think talent is the issue’

The Boston Celtics are in a kind of slump they haven’t experienced in several years. 

The C’s are 15-17 entering Friday night’s road game against the Indiana Pacers. Boston has lost three consecutive games and seven of its last 10 matchups.

The last time the Celtics were below the .500 mark this far into a season was the 2014-15 campaign, which was head Brad Stevens’ second year on the job. The only player from that 2014-15 roster still on the team today is Marcus Smart.

So, for many of the Celtics’ players, this is one of — if the not the most — difficult stretch of their career.

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There’s been plenty of debate over the talent level of the Celtics’ roster, and the weaknesses plaguing the team, including a lack of bench scoring.

In an interview with Tom Westerholm of Boston.com, Celtics star Jayson Tatum defended the roster.

“Obviously people might disagree, especially how we’ve been lately,” Tatum said. “But I know what we’re capable of. I don’t think talent is the issue. I think we’re just kind of in a slump right now, and obviously, we don’t have time to relax. We’ve got to figure it out. But I believe in myself. I believe in the guys in that locker room to do what it takes.”

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