The COVID-19 wave sweeping through the NBA has reached the Boston Celtics' best player.
Tatum joins seven other Celtics players already in health and safety protocols: Bruno Fernando, Enes Freedom, Justin Jackson, C.J. Miles, Aaron Nesmith, Josh Richardson and Dennis Schroder.
Tatum's absence obviously will be difficult to overcome for a shorthanded Celtics team that's lost three of its last five games. The 23-year-old is averaging 25.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game this season and had yet to miss a game entering Monday.
Tatum dealt with a lengthy bout of COVID-19 last January that sidelined him for several weeks and left him with some lasting side effects, so Boston will be hoping his latest exposure to the virus is less severe.