Jayson Tatum, who is working on coming back from an ankle sprain, will reportedly went through shootaround for Team USA and is a game-time decision for their FIBA World Cup quarterfinal against France.
Tatum suffered a left ankle sprain late in an overtime win over Turkey last week. There was uncertainty on whether he'd play again in the FIBA World Cup given the upcoming NBA season, but it appears Tatum is healthy enough to give it a go.
This is good news for the Celtics, who will rely heavily on Tatum this season after the departures of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford.
Team USA enters the knockout stage of the World Cup at 7 a.m. EST on Wednesday against a French team that features All-Star center Rudy Gobert and new Celtics center Vincent Poirier. The US has played well as of late thanks to the efforts of Kemba Walker and Jalyen Brown, but now is the time where's it's win or go home.
UPDATE (7 a.m. ET): Tatum officially has been ruled out, per The New York Times' Marc Stein.
Tatum in blue sweats and every other @usabasketball teammate is wearing white sweats tonight. The versatile Celtics forward is out for USA v France ... which starts now— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) September 11, 2019
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