Celtics-76ers Instant Overreactions: Jayson Tatum's shooting slump hurting C's

Celtics-76ers Instant Overreactions: Jayson Tatum's shooting slump hurting C's

BOSTON -- The Celtics are undefeated at home no longer.

The Philadelphia 76ers handed Boston its first home loss of the season Thursday night, defeating its Eastern Conference rival 115-109.

The Sixers now have beaten the Celtics twice this season and jumped ahead of the C's into third place in the East with the win.

Here are three instant overreactions from Boston's loss, which drops the club to 17-7:

1. The Celtics go as Jayson Tatum goes.

Verdict: Slight overreaction

Tatum hardly needs to shoulder Boston's scoring load, as Kemba Walker paced the C's with 29 points Thursday night.

Tatum also hit a pair of big shots down the stretch to make things interesting. But the 21-year-old guard still shot just 5-for-18 one night after going 4-for-13 in Indiana, meaning Boston now is 3-4 when he scores 17 points or fewer, compared to 14-3 when he tops 18 points.

If the Celtics want to compete with the Eastern Conference elite, they'll need Tatum to bring his A game ... or at least his B game.

2. Enes Kanter just played his best game as a Celtic.

Verdict: Not an overreaction

The Celtics big man tallied a season-high 20 points on 10-of-13 shooting to go along with nine rebounds (three offensive).

But where Kanter impressed the most was on the defensive end, where he held his own with Joel Embiid and kept the All-Star center (somewhat) in check during the third quarter.

3. Ben Simmons is the third-best player on the Sixers.

Verdict: Overreaction

Embiid still managed to get his (game-high 38 points), while Tobias Harris poured in 23 points along with seven rebounds and seven assists.

Simmons? He attempted just six shots, made only two of them (seven points) and didn't really affect the game the way a former No. 1 overall pick should.

Philly's unicorn point guard is a better all-around player than Harris and should be Philly's second-best player, but he's certainly not playing like it.

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If the Detroit Pistons really want to trade Andre Drummond, they'll need to step on the gas pedal.

Teams have "kicked the tires" on a potential Drummond trade but there has been "no traction" on any deal ahead of Feb. 6 NBA trade deadline, Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reported Friday.

The Boston Celtics reportedly are among the teams interested in the 26-year-old big man, who leads the NBA in rebounds per game (15.7) and ranks eighth in blocks (1.8).

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Drummond would give Boston an answer to Eastern Conference giants like Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Milwaukee's Brook and Robin Lopez while bolstering a thin frontcourt currently holding its own with Enes Kanter and an overachieving Daniel Theis.

As Mannix points out, though, Drummond's $27 million cap hit could be a deal-breaker for many teams, including the Celtics. The C's would have to move Gordon Hayward or Marcus Smart and at least one other player to make salaries match, but the team seems reluctant to part with any members of their core.

If Boston still wants an upgrade, it may find better luck with Davis Bertans; Mannix reports there's a "feeling around the league" that the Washington Wizards "almost have to shop" the 27-year-old big man, who is averaging 15.3 points per game and shooting 43.4 percent from 3-point range amid a breakout season.