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Jayson Tatum feeling good after ankle injury

Celtics, Jayson Tatum

Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum suffered an ankle injury while playing in the FIBA World Cup for Team USA, but it appears he has fully recovered.

Tatum said his ankle felt good in his first time back on the floor at Celtics practice on Tuesday.

With All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Al Horford gone, the Celtics are going to be expecting a lot more from Tatum this season. The talented swingman is ready for a bigger role in Boston.

Last season, Tatum averaged 15.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting 45.0 percent from the field, 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 85.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Expect Tatum to average close to 20.0 points per game this season. He’s too lethal of a scorer to not take the next step in his development. Plus, he developed a rapport with Celtics point guard Kemba Walker this offseason.

Walker was on Team USA as well. Tatum and Walker were also in Paris together earlier this summer before the free agency period started. Walker says a big reason he signed with the Celtics was because of Tatum and the good vibes he gets being around the youngster.

Walker says Tatum never told him to come to the Celtics. Instead, Tatum talked about the city of Boston, Celtics fans and playing for head coach Brad Stevens.