Boston Celtics superstar Jayson Tatum said at the end of their NBA Finals run last season that he was playing with a “non-displaced fracture” in his wrist for two months leading into the Finals. Tatum even received a cortisone shot after Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
This is what Tatum said to Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks after Boston’s run to the NBA Finals:
“I chipped the bone, but it didn’t leave the surface. It had shown the bone had grew over it, so it had healed. But I was still in pain because I kept getting hit or falling on it.”
It might be something unnoticed until recently, but Tatum has wrapped his left wrist in every game this season except the season opener against Philly, to be extra cautious as he is feeling some discomfort despite the incredible start to the season.
“Same wrist, same hand, something a little different that we’re just managing at this moment. Nothing that I gotta have surgery, but something that’s bothering me. But just tape it up and go out there and continue to play.”
It’s definitely worrisome to hear Tatum is still feeling discomfort in his wrist, however it doesn’t seem to be limiting him any as he’s leading the Celtics and averaging 31.2 points per game on 49.8 percent shooting from the field.
Tatum says all he has to do is wrap up his wrist and go play. Hopefully that’s all he it’ll be but it’s definitely something worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses.
The Celtics take on the Nuggets tonight at the TD Garden at 7PM for their 11th game of the season as both teams look to extend their winning streaks to five games.
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