Jayson Tatum says he might need offseason wrist surgery

ORLANDO — Jayson Tatum didn’t reveal his left wrist fracture till an offseason interview with Taylor Rooks. He nonetheless will not say it limits him on the ground, however after indicating earlier this month Brad Stevens and the Celtics’ brass would attempt to make him take an evening off someday this season, he did in Toronto as a result of lingering damage.

He would not foresee lacking important time with it.

“It’s sort of simply speaking with Nick (Sang) about how my physique was feeling,” Tatum stated CelticsWeblog/CLNS Media. “Those 50 minutes the opposite evening did not essentially assist, and a few falls on my wrist, however I believe the additional time off helped me out quite a bit.”

It’s attainable Tatum will need surgery subsequent summer season, however he did not wish to affirm or deny one of the best therapy earlier than he and the staff resolve on one. For now, relaxation and administration will assist him play day-to-day as falls like one he took towards Golden State irritate it.

Sang, one of many Celtics’ athletic trainers who primarily works with Tatum, tapes his ring and thumb fingers between and through every sport. A fan caught Tatum wincing in the course of the win at Brooklyn earlier this month as Sang utilized therapy, with the tape seemingly piling larger every week. Tatum joked after that sport it will most likely require a dialog with Brad Stevens to make him sit out.

“(We’re) simply discovering alternative ways to ensure it is safe, however versatile the place I can nonetheless do what I need to do,” Tatum stated.

The Celtics proved they may win with out Tatum, Marcus Smart, Robert Williams III and Derrick White late in Toronto by pulling away late from a staff that constructed an early 11-point lead on Boston.

Payton Pritchard, Grant Williams and Malcolm Brogdon shined, and Al Horford held down the paint defensively in Williams III’s absence. Performances like these and a rising 4.5 sport lead within the east probably present inspiration to the staff that their stars can relaxation within the second half of the season with out sacrificing wins. Smart (ankle) and Brogdon (private) are out tonight.

Williams III will probably sit the entrance finish and Horford the again finish of the back-to-back between Orlando and Miami on Monday and Tuesday. Joe Mazzulla stated Williams III’s hyperextended left knee is not severe, and his second half absence was precautionary. He beforehand confirmed Williams III will not play back-to-backs this yr.

“I needed to tape my center finger and ring finger collectively. I acquired a whole lot of s*** happening,” Tatum stated in Brooklyn. “But that performed an element in simply lingering issues and it was uncomfortable tonight. But I like to play an excessive amount of to take a seat out… I bear in mind I harm it towards (Philadelphia). So I’ve been taping it ever since.”

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