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Brad Stevens has no regrets about his Celtics guys playing in FIBA World Cup even after Jayson Tatum injury

Brad Stevens, Jayson Tatum

Jayson Tatum sprained his ankle in overtime of Team USA’s narrow 93-92 victory over Turkey in the FIBA World Cup, but Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens still has no regrets about his players participating in the event.

Stevens also noted that Tatum’s injury doesn’t seem to be serious:

There are four Celtics playing for Team USA in the World Cup. In addition to Tatum, Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart are all on the squad. Furthermore, Boston big men Daniel Theis (Germany) and Vincent Poirier (France) are also playing significant roles for their respective countries.

The Celtics seem to have dodged a bullet when it comes to Tatum’s injury. It looked bad when he was helped off the court and into the tunnel, but the youngster even already said he’s feeling better. The 21-year-old will be reevaluated on Wednesday before Team USA faces Japan on Thursday.

Tatum had a rough shooting night in the nail-biting victory, scoring 11 points on 3-of-11 shooting. He also blew a chance to give Team USA a victory in regulation, making two of three free throws in the final second to send the game to overtime instead.

Still, Tatum managed to stuff the stat sheet, recording a team-high 11 rebounds to go along with three assists, two steals and two blocks. He grabbed the rebound off a missed free throw and set up Khris Middleton for the game-winning free throws in the final seconds.