In terms of his shooting performance, Jason Tatum's debut in the NBA Finals probably didn't go the way he had envisioned.

Tatum scored just 12 points in 42 minutes on the floor, 3 of 17 from the floor and 1 of 5 from the deep. However, that shooting performance rarely prevented Tatum from influencing the game. He felt his presence in other ways.

Tatum was named in the All-NBA first team last month. When asked what he thinks is the biggest change in his game that has propelled him to this position,

the 24-year-old noted his playmaking abilities. Well, that skill set was on full display on Game 1's biggest stage.

On Thursday night, Tatum recorded 13 assists - setting a new record for the most by a single player in their first NBA Finals game. This assistance led to 35 Celtic points.

On top of that, Tatum just turned the ball twice. Turnover has been a problem for Playoff Tatum overall - averaging 4.3 per game after averaging 2.9 per game in the regular season.

But on Thursday night he was in complete control. He finished the game in the fourth quarter with a monstrous plus-27 with a plus-16 rating.

June 2, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and center Kevin Looney (left) Boston Celtics forward Jason Tatum (0) are dribbling the ball in the first half of the 2022 NBA Finals at the Chase Center. Compulsory Credit: Carrie Edmondson-USA Today Sports

So, how did Tatum feel about his overall performance after the game? Considering the performance of the team is quite good.

Happy, isn't it? 40 points in the fourth quarter? JB played big. Al, Payton, D-White. Those guys made big shots, shots on time," he noted. "And we won, didn't we?"

I had a bad shooting night. I tried to influence the game in other ways. We are in the championship. We are in the final.

All I cared about was trying to win, and we did. That's the decent thing to do, and it should end there. So I don't expect to do that bad shooting again. But if that means we're going to win, I'll take it. "

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