Kendrick Perkins was ripped by NBA fans after the former player-turned-analyst wanted to take credit for Jayson Tatum's 53-point burst on Friday night. The young Boston Celtic went off on the Minnesota Timberwolves, saving his team with his incredible performance that led them to the 145-136 win on overtime.
After the game was over and Tatum earned a lot of praise, Perkins took to Twitter to claim he had actually called Tatum and 'asked him' to give more of himself. The player apparently didn't take offense to that and demonstrated he can do more against the struggling Timberwolves.
This obviously didn't sit well among NBA fans, who quickly fired back at Perkins for taking credit for Tatum's big game. They sent him big messages claiming that Jayson couldn't care less about whatever Perk told him.
Tatum played really well, to be fair. He was on a mission on Friday went off on the T-Wolves that tried to beat the Celtics but the young player was too much to bear for them. It's unclear if Perkins had something to do with that but NBA Twitter wasn't having any of his claims.
With his performance, Tatum became the youngest Celtic to score 50+ points and also the first player with a 50/10 since Larry Bird in 1989.
The Celtics struggled at some point of the season and now have won four of their last five games. They need to keep winning if they want to make the playoffs and do so in a good shape. With the Nets, Sixers, and Bucks getting all the attention in the East, Tatum is trying to lead his team to the postseason without making a lot of noise.