March 4, 2024

Celtics

Jayson Tatum performed in Boston’s first 26 video games of the 2023-24 season.

Jayson Tatum will miss Wednesday’s sport towards the Kings. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa)

Celtics ahead Jayson Tatum may need gutted his manner by means of Tuesday’s additional time loss to the Warriors, however the All-Star will spend all of Wednesday’s street matchup towards the Kings on the bench.

The Celtics introduced a couple of hours forward of tip-off in Sacramento that Tatum has been downgraded to out on Wednesday after struggling an ankle sprain towards Golden State.

It should mark the primary sport that Tatum will sit out in the course of the 2023-24 season, with the ahead enjoying in Boston’s first 26 video games this 12 months.

Tatum rolled his left ankle within the first quarter of Tuesday’s sport in San Francisco, hobbling his solution to Boston’s locker room. He ultimately returned to the bench later within the first quarter and checked again into the sport within the following body.

He in the end logged 41 minutes towards the Warriors within the OT defeat, however solely shot 5-of-17 from the sphere and completed with 15 factors. He added eight rebounds, seven assists, and two steals.

Tatum’s absence will probably be felt on Wednesday towards a 16-9 Kings roster. Boston additionally dominated out Al Horford (relaxation) and Luke Kornet (adductor) for the second leg of its back-to-back slate. Nonetheless, Kristaps Porzingis will play after sitting out Tuesday whereas the staff eases him again after struggling a calf harm final month.

Tatum can have a while to relaxation earlier than the Celtics return to the court docket. After Wednesday’s sport in Sacramento, Boston will get two days off earlier than taking over the Clippers in Los Angeles on Saturday. The Celtics will then tackle the Lakers in Los Angeles on Christmas Day.