Jayson Tatum debating his participation in a skill challenge or 3-point contest during All-Star Weekend
The NBA has yet to officially announce official entrants for All-Star competitions next month, but Jayson Tatum indicated on Sunday that he intends to take part in another event beyond the game itself.
“I’m trying to decide which one I’ll be in,” Tatum said when asked about the skills challenge and the 3-point contest ahead of Sunday’s game against the Wizards. “Certainly not do both. I think I’m sure I’m going to participate in one of them – not the dunk contest. “
The 22-year-old forward has competed in the Skills Competition for the past two years, beating the field for the crown in 2019 before falling short in 2020 in the first round. Tatum never made the 3-point contest during All-Star Weekend, but spoke last season of his hopes to do so during his career. He shoots 37.2% from 3 points on 7.1 attempts per game during the 2020-2021 season.
The Skills Challenge and 3-Point Contest will take place on Sunday March 7 in the hours leading up to the match start at 8 p.m. The NBA Slam Dunk Contest will take place at halftime of the All-Star game.
Tatum will also play his second All-Star game on March 7, joining teammate Jaylen Brown as representatives of the Eastern Conference. With Kevin Durant sidelined for the game due to injury, Tatum was named a starter earlier this week.
An All-Star Draft will take place on March 4 before the game with captains LeBron James and Kevin Durant making selections. An untimed fourth quarter with a final target score will remain the format of the game like last season, ensuring that the game ends on a made basket or free throw.
Tatum also indicated earlier this month that he had been hampered by some lingering effects of COVID-19 in recent weeks with his breathing, but that hadn’t stopped him from playing a full roster of games since his return. , with an average of 36.2 minutes per competition. during the month of February. With All-Star activities bundled into one day this year to reduce player exposure, Tatum is confident he’ll get the rest he needs during Boston’s week off between games.
“I’m sure everyone needs a break, and needs a rest, especially the teams that have dived in the bubble. Started the season relatively quickly, then after testing positive. But I’m sure the few days of All-Star Break will do everyone good. But until then, we’re just trying to win a few games.
The Celtics have three games to go before their All-Star break begins on Friday, March 5.