How clutch are the Celtics compared to other playoff teams?
Jayson Tatum delivered the first game-winning shot of the 2022 NBA Playoffs on Sunday,
executing a flawless spinning layup at the buzzer that lifted the Boston Celtics to a Game 1 win over the Brooklyn Nets.
When we look at clutch stats, the default parameters are when the score is within five points in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime.
Here are the top 10 players in total clutch points throughout the 2021-22 regular season
Tatum ranks ninth on this list with 97 clutch points over the course of the season but did not shoot the ball
Tatum was able to draw fouls and shot his free throws extremely well to help land him among the top 10 clutch scorers of the season.
In fact, Boston posted the second-lowest win percentage in games that featured clutch play during the regular season as they finished just 13-22 in clutch games.
If we look at clutch play compared to where teams are seeded in the playoffs,
the Celtics are a huge outlier. The other three teams that finished as the top two seeds in their respective conferences