Celtics on their way; Tatum may be, too

Send Kristaps Porzingis to Bermuda for a few days. Make sure he brings sunscreen and order him to eat at least six meals per day.

A little bulk on that stick-figure frame could be useful as the Celtics rumble down that open field to the NBA Finals.

Celtics fans can stop that compulsive hand-wringing over his extended absence from active duty against Cleveland. The Cavaliers are nothing but a flyspeck on an otherwise perfectly clear windshield.

Cleveland may win a game in this mismatched series. That would be a meaningless slice of satisfaction, but it is all the Cavs can hope for.

That should have been understood before Tuesday night’s clinic. It is difficult to argue that the Celtics’ roster carries more talent than does Cleveland’s

Anyone connected to the Celtics, including management, coaches, and players know full well the best team doesn’t always win.

Since it has happened a time or two during the Jayson Tatum-Jaylen Brown era, fans capable of holding the results up to a light and inspecting them with eyes wide open know this, too.

Tatum continues to look like a riddle hunkering down inside an enigma. His shooting touch faded as the series with Miami passed, and was awful during Game 1 against Cleveland. He was 7-for-19 from the floor, but at least had the presence of mind to stop clanging 3’s after going 0-for-5.

Refreshingly, he didn’t spend the rest of his night sulking. He showed an acceptable interest in rebounding and he helped generate production from his teammates.

That isn’t to say the Celtics can reach the NBA Finals if Tatum’s scoring prowess remains AWOL. Cleveland isn’t capable of cashing in on Tatum’s slump. The remaining contenders are, to varying degrees.

This series, though, is the warm-up act for the next one. The Celtics are unlikely to blow the Cavs out of the arena as brutally as they did in Game 1. But they will win four times, by which point it would surely be a pleasure to see Porzingis (and Tatum’s shot) make a comeback.