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What Brad Stevens Wants From Jayson Tatum Next

Time to muscle up.

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NBA: Playoffs-Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers
May 21, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens and forward Jayson Tatum (0) argue with referee Scott Foster (48) during the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. 
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Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens weighs in on Jayson Tatum’s rookie season and not surprisingly zeroes in on one thing the former Blue Devil needs to do to improve: get stronger.

“Being able to play lower, longer requires a significant deal of core strength for any player, certainly for a younger player with size. That’s really been our emphasis, to continue to focus on the core strength of things.”

Tatum showed some solid strength in the Cleveland, particularly when he was willing to go toe to toe with LeBron James, who is as powerful as anyone in the league.

But across the course of an NBA season it’s hard to maintain that level without a lot of strength so it’s going to be a weight room summer for Tatum.

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