Report: Tatum expected to enter quarantine, will miss 10-14 days originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
If the Celtics thought their depth was tested with Robert Williams, Tristan Thompson and Grant Williams sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols, it's about to get a lot worse.
Star forward Jayson Tatum has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a report from The Boston Globe Saturday. He found out about the result Friday night and immediately entered quarantine, the report said.
Boston listed seven players on its injury report ahead of Sunday's game against the Miami Heat, including Jaylen Brown, who was listed as questionable by the team.
According to a report earlier Saturday from The Athletic's Shams Charania, Tatum is expected to miss 10 to 14 days to quarantine, as per the league's health and safety protocols.
That timeline would force Tatum to miss at least five -- and potentially as many as seven -- Celtics games.
Javonte Green and Semi Ojeleye were both listed by the team as questionable based on Health & Safety Protocols. Grant Williams, Robert Williams and Thompson all remain out.
|Sun., January 10||vs. Miami||7:00 p.m.|
|Tue., January 12||at Chicago||8:00 p.m.|
|Wed., January 13||vs. Orlando||7:30 p.m.|
|Fri., January 15||vs. Orlando||7:30 p.m.|
|Sun., January 17||vs. New York||1:00 p.m.|
|Wed., January 20||at Philadelphia||7:00 p.m.|
|Fri., January 22||at Philadelphia||7:30 p.m.|
Hopefully for Tatum and the Celtics, he'll only have to be out the minimum 10 days and will be back in time for the C's back-to-back road games against the Eastern Conference-leading 76ers, who are dealing with their own COVID-19 issues. Philly currently has seven players in health and safety protocol after close contact with Seth Curry, who tested positive earlier this week.
Losing Tatum -- who is coming off a team-high 32 points against the Wizards Friday night -- is obviously a massive blow for the Celtics. His 26.9 points per game average ranks eighth in the NBA and he's in the middle of his best stretch of basketball this season, averaging 33 points on 52 percent shooting over his last three games.