Jayson Tatum suffered what looked like a shin contusion in the first quarter of the Boston Celtics’ game against the Orlando Magic. It was then announced that he would not return into the game.
The Celtics announced that Jayson Tatum is OUT for the remainder of the game tonight with a left shin contusion.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) April 7, 2019
The Celtics can’t seem to get a break from injuries all season long. Prior to their game against the Magic, it was announced that Al Horford, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier were all available to play after dealing with various injuries. A few minutes into the game, Jayson Tatum got hurt.
It is worth noting that All-Star guard Kyrie Irving was also limping midway through the first quarter, but he seems to be playing through it.
The severity of Tatum’s injury is yet to be determined, but with a playoff berth secured, it might be wise for Boston to allow their key players to rest.
The Celtics currently hold the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference, and they will likely face the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs. They might be at a disadvantage if they will head into that series banged up.
Tatum will play a key role in the Celtics’ playoff run. Last season, he led the team to an Eastern Conference Finals finish without Irving and Gordon Hayward.
With Irving and Hayward’s return this season, Tatum’s role took a slight hit, but the team will still look to him to deliver when he’s needed.