March 4, 2024

Celtics

Tatum missed his first sport of the season on Wednesday with an ankle sprain.

Jayson Tatum might miss his second consecutive sport of the 2023-24 season on Saturday. Tanner Pearson for The Boston Globe

The Celtics shall be with out two facilities on Saturday, and maybe two extra gamers.


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Boston announced Friday that Luke Kornet (left adductor pressure) and Kristaps Porzingis (left ankle sprain) won’t play versus the Los Angeles Clippers on the highway on Saturday.

Porzingis, who has but to totally get well from a left calf pressure he sustained one month in the past, will sit out Saturday’s sport with a left ankle sprain. He suffered his newest ailment in opposition to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday when he rolled his ankle after touchdown awkwardly on one other participant.

Porzingis completed that sport, however the Celtics presumably need to give the 28-year-old’s left leg some further relaxation.

Previous to experiencing his newest damage, Porzingis instructed reporters that the staff was being cautious with him when it comes to sprinkling in relaxation days as he healed up from his calf pressure.

“It’s simply I believe the medical workers is taking a extra cautious strategy, particularly the primary couple weeks getting back from the calf,” Porzingis stated on Dec. 17. “However they know my stance: I need to play in each sport they permit me. However in fact, they need to be good with me and my well being. Ensure that I’m right here for the lengthy image.”

Kornet suffered his damage throughout warmups on Dec. 14 and is predicted to be sidelined for one more week.

As for the ever-reliable Jayson Tatum, he’s listed as questionable to play on Saturday together with his personal left ankle sprain.

Tatum suffered his damage in opposition to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday when he, equally to Porzingis, rolled his ankle. The 25-year-old star went to the locker room earlier than checking again into the sport to complete out the competition, however he didn’t play the following day in opposition to Sacramento.

Till Wednesday’s matchup versus the Kings, Tatum began each sport this season for Boston.

Being compelled to relaxation as a result of damage certainly annoyed the participant. Tatum did converse after Tuesday’s contest about toughing out his damage and staying within the sport.

“To not make any excuses, however if you sprain your ankle it swells up and it’s simply stiff,” Tatum stated postgame, “… It simply makes it harder to maneuver … However I used to be nonetheless on the market, so I really feel like should you go on the market and play, you possibly can’t make any excuses.”

Tatum has publicly said a number of instances that he doesn’t like sitting out video games, irrespective of the opponent or the situation.

“Like, not attempting to be conceited, there’s a bunch of children in there with my footwear and my jersey and simply because we’re enjoying Charlotte on NBA League Go on a Monday that ain’t no person [expletive] watching, I’m like ‘Oh, I’m chilling tonight,’” Tatum said in a video with Nike this summer time. “That’s not what the nice gamers, one of the best gamers do. … Huge sport or not massive sport, compete. Play basketball. Don’t take that [expletive] without any consideration.”

Boston additionally dominated Svi Mykhailiuk (left heel contusion) as questionable versus Los Angeles.

Tipoff for Celtics-Clippers is ready for 3:30 p.m. Japanese Time.