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Celtics’ Jayson Tatum details ‘scary’ time while waiting for coronavirus test result

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Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum says his experience with the coronavirus was scary since teammate Marcus Smart tested positive despite not having any symptoms.

Tatum tested negative for the virus. However, the Celtics All-Star says waiting for his test result and being away from his son was very tough:

“It was scary when (Marcus) Smart found out that he had it and he didn’t have any symptoms,” Tatum told Jeff Goodman on the latest episode of the Good N’ Plenty podcast, via Mass Live.

“So it was like ‘wow, any of us could have it at this point.’”

As noted by the Mass Live report, Tatum grew more and more anxious about his coronavirus test, which was not helped by the delay due to a backlog. In the end, the Celtics youngster ended up staying a week and a half in quarantine — unable to see his son.

“That was the longest I’ve ever been in the same place as him and I couldn’t see him,” the Celtics swingman said. “So that was tough… I was FaceTiming with him every night. I was FaceTiming with him throughout the day.”

Smart announced on Sunday he has been cleared from COVID-19. Tatum was certainly happy to hear that news.

Now, Tatum is patiently waiting to see when the NBA is going to start up again. NBA owners want to resume the 2019-20 season in the summer, but that’s only going to happen if the virus dies down.

Tatum and the Celtics had the third-best record in the Eastern Conference standings prior to play being suspended. Boston had a good chance of winning the East this season with Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward leading the way.

If the 2019-20 season resumes, the Celtics will have to get through the Milwaukee Bucks if they want to win the Eastern Conference.