Jayson Tatum Injury: Celtics star hobbles of the court during narrow defeat to Warriors in OT

Jayson Tatum, the Boston Celtics forward made a swift ascension into the spotlight after his 2017 NBA draft and has impressively cemented his place as a valuable player of the franchise. Tatum has been a dominant force in their current season’s impressive outings, which placed the Celtics as the top-sided franchise in the East.

Unfortunately, Jayson Tatum, limped off the court during the Celtics and Warriors’ intense encounter where the Celtics saw a heartbreaking defeat. However, there are concern for Tatum’s injury, as the season continues.

Jayson Tatum walked off the court in Celtics loss to Warriors

During the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors encounter, the Celtics fans were forced to hold their breath midway, as star player Jayson Tatum appeared to roll his left ankle and hobbled afterwards to the locker room.

With 7:45 left in the first quarter, Tatum appeared to be stepped on by the shoe of the Warriors’ player Brandin Podziemski halfway through play. Following the incident, which didn’t appear like there was enormous force on the play, Jayson Tatum was seen heading to the locker room after twisting his ankle. Before the incident, Tatum had achieved just 4 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist while shooting 2 for 3 in 4 minutes of play.

Celtics star Jayson Tatum gives update on his feared Injury, amid hobbles of the court during narrow defeat to Warriors in OT
Jayson Tatum Via Getty

As it was suspected that the injury wasn’t serious, Jayson Tatum made a return to the Celtics’ bench with 2:19 left in the first quarter. The great news was that Tatum walked in his power without limping, and later made a court return during the second quarter. Despite the injury incident, Tatum played for a total of 41 minutes against the Warriors and averaged 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists while shooting 5 of 7 from the field.

Jayson Tatum provides injury update

After the matchup with the Warriors, there were fears that Celtics star player Jayson Tatum might had sustained an injury during the game. There also were high concerns if the star player will feature in the team’s coming matchups. Amidst the concern, the player himself has provided an update on his injury.

Celtics star Jayson Tatum gives update on his feared Injury, amid hobbles of the court during narrow defeat to Warriors in OT
Jayson Tatum Via Getty

After the game, Tatum disclosed to San Francisco reporters that his ankle was swollen, which affected his playing on the court. Jayson Tatum said, “Not to make any excuses, but when you sprain your ankle it kind of swells up and it’s just stiff, so it’s tough to … it just makes it a little tougher to move.”

“But I still was out there, so I feel like if you go out there and play, you can’t make any excuses,” he added.

Following Tatum’s injury, it has become quite uncertain if the star player will feature in the Celtics’ back-to-back matchup against the Kings on the road. But it’s expected that without Tatum on the court, the team would be determined to maintain their top-seed spot and triumph in the coming games.

Shariare Hasib

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Shariare Hasib is an NBA Editor at SportsKnot. With a master's degree in journalism from a prestigious university, Shariare started writing about the sport during his undergraduate years. Since then, he has been fascinated by LeBron James' lasting impact as well as Stephen Curry's incredible consistency. He specializes in live basketball coverage. Apart from reporting on trade speculations and match updates during off-season activities, Shariare frequently interacts with fan communities to stay abreast of the constantly evolving NBA scene.


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