Bulls’ Alex Caruso reveals secret to guarding Celtics’ Jayson Tatum
As the NBA Playoffs roll on, the Chicago Bulls are sitting on the sidelines. Despite making big-time moves two years ago in an attempt to compete, the Bulls have fallen flat. They made the playoffs in 2022 and were eliminated in the first round, but this past year, they were eliminated in the Play-In Tournament, missing out on the playoffs altogether.
However, just because the Bulls aren’t playing doesn’t mean they aren’t watching. Chicago’s stars are still paying attention to the NBA. During a recent appearance on “The Old Man & The Three with JJ Redick and Tommy Alter,” Bulls guard Alex Caruso spoke about Boston Celtics superstar Jayson Tatum.
Tatum has been putting up solid numbers this postseason, highlighted by a 51-point performance in Game 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Caruso spoke about his scoring, unveiling Tatum’s supposed tell when he’s about to shoot the ball.
Chicago Bulls news: Alex Caruso reveals Jayson Tatum’s tell
According to Caruso, whenever Tatum has the ball in his left hand, he’s going to shoot it. He said it’s been baffling to watch defenses sag off him.
“I wonder if guys watch film, you know if anybody knows if Jayson Tatum has a ball in his left hand, there’s probably a 95% chance that he’s gonna shoot it,” said Caruso. “It was time after time he would come off, and he’d either jab step and just shoot it, or he’d come off as he left hand and do his little step back or just rise up and shoot it, and it just it was blowing me away that nobody, nobody knew that he was going to shoot it I was like y’all are playing two feet below the line the dude’s got 30 already. You gotta take something away, you can’t give them threes, you can’t give them eight, nine, ten attempts from three, eight to ten free throws and then be able to get to the rim too.”
Chicago Bulls news: Alex Caruso’s success on Jayson Tatum
The Bulls guard is a top-notch defender with elite knowledge on that side of the ball. He earned All-Defensive First Team honors for his prowess this season.
Caruso guarded Tatum for a total of 12:48 this season over the course of four games. In that Tatum, he held Tatum to 4-of-13 shooting from the field, 1-of-5 shooting from behind the three-point line, and forced a turnover.
It’s safe to say Caruso knows what he’s talking about when it comes to guarding Tatum. Some teams might want to take his advice to heart.
Story originally appeared on Lonzo Wire