Celtics

Celtics

BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics should have a better idea sometime today of how long Jayson Tatum might be out with a right ankle injury.

“X-rays were taken last night and there was no fractures or any breaks,” Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, told 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show. “We’re hoping it’s a soft tissue injury in the ankle joint, which can sometimes take a while. We’ll have a better feel once we get the images back today.”

Tatum has distinguished himself as one of the top rookies in the league, ranked among the top first-year players in several statistical categories.

Boston has benefited from his scoring, obviously. But he has been just as significant for the Celtics with his defense.

If he were to be out for an extended period, it is that latter point that would hurt Boston the most.

In addition to his 13.5 points and six rebounds per game, Tatum also has a defensive rating of 95.0 which is third among all rookies this season.