What I am most concerned about is how our coach has added more time on to the tired bodies of both Tatum and Brown. Tatum looks burnt out.
Tatum is at 37.4 min per game. Year before, 35.9.
Brown is at 36.2.
Brad would keep them closer to 33-35.
What is the point in having depth if we are going to ride out 2 stars so much before the playoffs.
Tatum once again with 38 plus minutes last night.
I am officially panicking about them being overused. Didnt last years running out gas teach us anything?
I think the narrative that Tatum just plays too much and is worn out is the wrong way to look at it.
He just turned 25. An extra 3 minutes a night probably is not the margin of error here. The season is long and the overall mental workload, which encompasses the whole experience of being the face of a contending franchise, for Tatum, is substantial. He'd still feel almost exactly the same mental grind if he was playing 34 minutes a game.
It seems like we all just aren't willing to face the reality that Tatum's basic competitive nature is more pedestrian than his other basketball skills. He's not a weak competitor, but he has shown he can't sustain a killer mentality out there all the time either. When he's feeling it, he will eat you alive. When he's having a tough time, he sometimes loses his competitive edge.
Is this about a little rest, or is it that he just hasn't figured out how to maintain laser like focus when he gets fatigued or frustrated? I think its the latter.
Very few players have this top level of competitiveness. Its just that the few who do seem to win almost all the titles.
If the C's are going to win a title, it will be because he was locked in when he needed to be. The playoffs are next level intense. He either takes this final step or there won't be a title this year. I'd rather he face this straight up rather than pretend that it will all be fixed by taking a few minutes off.