Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens says small forward Jayson Tatum suffered a “moderate” left ankle sprain versus Turkey on Tuesday in China.
Stevens says while Tatum will get an X-Ray on Wednesday, the injury “doesn’t sound like a big deal.”
Brad Stevens says a moderate ankle sprain for Tatum. He will get an x-ray tomorrow. “It doesn’t sound like a big deal.”
— Brian Robb (@BrianTRobb) September 3, 2019
This is always the fear NBA coaches have when their players are suiting up for the national team. Ever since the Paul George injury back in 2014, NBA teams — whether they admit it or not — always have some sort of trepidation internally seeing their key players represent their respective countries.
It looks like Jayson Tatum is going to be okay moving forward, though, which is great news for Team USA and the Celtics.
Last season, Tatum averaged 15.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for the Celtics, all while shooting 45.0 percent from the field, 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 85.5 percent from the free-throw line. He is joined in China on Team USA by Boston teammates Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart.
Team USA’s next game is on Thursday against Japan. It’s unknown if Tatum will play in that game. Celtics fans would like to see Tatum air on the side of caution since the NBA season is about a month and a half away and Team USA has plenty of bodies to play.