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Celtics’ Jayson Tatum out vs. Nets on his birthday

Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum won’t play against the Brooklyn Nets on his birthday.

Tatum is sick, per the Celtics:

Tatum made his first All-Star team this season. He’s averaging 23.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists for the Celtics while shooting 45.0 percent from the field, 39.6 percent from beyond the arc and 81.6 percent from the free-throw line.

The Celtics are 41-18 on the season. They are in third place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Point guard Kemba Walker may be the most accomplished player on the Celtics, but some believe it’s Tatum who is going to take Boston as far as it can go in the playoffs.

Certainly, Celtics president of basketball operations and general manager Danny Ainge is starting to look really smart for not trading Tatum. After all, he looks like he’s going to turn into a superstar very soon.

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