Boston Celtics start player will not be able to play for the rest of the season. What could have happened?

Hewitt, Steve

POSTED at 4:18 PM on December 5, 2023 | UPDATED at 4:25 PM on December 5, 2023.

Categories: Sports, NBA, Boston Celtics

Because of a sprained left ankle, Jayson Tatum has taken periodic breaks from the game, but he will play for the Celtics against the Timberwolves. There should be a lot of excitement for the Wednesday, July 7th matchup between the best clubs in the East and West.


Tatum was upgraded, therefore he wasn’t listed on the Celtics’ injury report prior to their game on Wednesday. The three rotation players named by the Celtics are Kristaps Porzingis (knee contusion), Al Horford (non-COVID sickness), and Jrue Holiday (elbow sprain treatment).


Tatum hurt his left ankle against the Warriors on December 19, which was a few weeks ago. At first, it meant that he couldn’t attend the next Kings game that day. Since then, he has missed a few games—including Monday’s loss to the Pacers—to rest that ankle.


Tatum has acknowledged that his ankle sprain has healed, but it is still a touch stiff. The Celtics’ decision to rest their star player in order to preserve his health for the remainder of the season is therefore not shocking. With a league-best 28-8 record, the C’s have largely handled business even with Tatum out.

Tatum has little chance of sitting such a big game, especially since the Wolves game should be very exciting as well. Minnesota leads the Western Conference with a 25-10 record. The Wolves will play a back-to-back on Tuesday when they play at Orlando and then travel to Boston on Wednesday. Still, there ought to be a lot of anticipation for that match.



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