According to a tweet from Stadium’s Shams Charania, Boston All-Star guard Jayson Tatum will enter quarantine and miss the next 10-14 days due to COVID-19 protocols.
Tatum scored a team-high 32 points in Boston’s 116-107 win over Washington as a four-point home favorite Friday night. For the season, Tatum is averaging 26.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game.
The fourth-year guard, who was a one-and-done player for Duke at the collegiate level, averaged 23.4 PPG last season.
The Celtics are already dealing with COVID-19 issues. Center Robert Williams tested positive earlier this week and is ‘out’ indefinitely. In eight games this year, Williams is averaging 6.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game.
In addition to Williams’s after testing positive, Boston’s Grant Williams has been forced into quarantine for at least the next seven days (starting on Friday, 1/8/21) due to contact tracing protocols. The 22-year-old, second-year forward out of Tennessee is averaging 5.6 points and 3.6 RPG.
Like Williams, Boston center Tristan Thompson is out for at least seven days due to contact tracing. Thompson is averaging 8.4 points and 8.5 RPG.
Without those three ‘bigs’ last night against the Wizards, second-year center Tacko Fall saw the most minutes of his career. I expressed that I thought he would play well (and for the record, I was all over Twitter indicating my desire for my Atlanta Hawks to draft Fall in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft) in a tweet yesterday that you can see below:
Indeed, Fall took advantage of his 19 minutes of action, producing four points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. He made 2-of-3 field-goal attempts and had a +13 plus-minus rating that was the third-best for the Celtics.
In some good news for the C’s, Kemba Walker has finally been cleared to practice. Therefore, you would assume that he could be ready for his season debut sometime in the next week or so.
Boston is currently 7-3 straight up and 6-4 against the spread. Fortunately for the Celtics, they don’t face the toughest part of their schedule in the next week. After they host Miami on Sunday, they’re at Chicago on Tuesday before a three-game homestand vs. Orlando (twice) and the Knicks.