Jayson Tatum knew something wasn’t right.
The second-year forward has been in the NBA long enough to know that there are going to be stretches when, for whatever reason, shots don’t fall.
But as an elite 3-point shooter, Tatum was in the kind of drought a player with his long-range skills rarely experiences.
So, he did what so many other NBA players do…he reached out to Drew Hanlen.
Hanlen, one of the more heralded NBA skills coaches around whose clientele reads like a who’s who of promising young NBA stars – Bradley Beal, Zach LaVine, Joel Embiid and a trio of Celtics players, including Tatum – was in Boston over the weekend working with Tatum and his shot.
The fruits of that labor were on display in the 114-93 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.
Tatum had 18 points, which included connecting on four of his 11 three-point attempts.
It was an improvement from what we’ve seen from Tatum lately from behind the 3-point line.