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Jayson Tatum (ankle) ruled out for Team USA vs France at FIBA World Cup

Jayson Tatum (ankle) ruled out for Team USA vs France at FIBA World Cup

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.

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Danny Ainge has a great 'solution' to Marcus Smart's groin-kicking problem

Danny Ainge has a great 'solution' to Marcus Smart's groin-kicking problem

Danny Ainge's job as Boston Celtics president of basketball operations is to put the best team on the floor.

That includes helping his current players deal with their, uh, issues.

Marcus Smart raised an interesting problem Monday night, lamenting after the Celtics' 116-106 win over the Dallas Mavericks that he needs to find a way to stop getting kicked in the groin.

Enter Ainge, who offered a creative solution Tuesday morning on Twitter.

The Boston Red Sox probably have plenty of athletic cups and jock straps lying around -- baseballs to the groin are much more painful than basketballs to the groin, after all -- so this is a great way for Ainge to use his available resources.

Hey, Red Sox: Care to help out a fellow Boston athlete?

Smart may need the Sox to act quickly: The Celtics are back in action Wednesday against the Washington Wizards, and the scrappy 25-year-old may have to continue guarding bigger players -- and risk more shots to where the sun don't shine -- due to Boston's lack of frontcourt depth.

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Wizards, which tips off Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Tommy have the call of the game at 7:30 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.

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Jayson Tatum detours to Celtics' practice facility after brutal game vs. Mavs

Jayson Tatum detours to Celtics' practice facility after brutal game vs. Mavs

How do you rebound from the worst shooting performance of your career? You shoot some more, of course.

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum scored five points on a dreadful 1-for-18 shooting Monday night against Dallas Mavericks at TD Garden.

That's not garden-variety bad. That's "making history" bad.

The Celtics walked away with a 116-106 win, though, and about two hours after the victory, Tatum posted a Snapchat video from another gym: the Celtics' practice facility in Brighton, about seven miles down the road from TD Garden.

"Gotta be able to laugh at ya self sometime!" Tatum wrote in the caption. "Glad we won! on to next."

That Tatum headed to the Auerbach Center for a late-night shooting session rather than sulk is a positive sign for the 21-year-old, whose coach gave him a vote of confidence after the game.

"Just one of those nights. Just means a lot of good nights are coming," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said of Tatum. "I don’t lose sleep over missed shots."

Tatum also had the right mindset after his brutal shooting night -- mild exasperation aside.

"I mean, a couple of times where it bounced six times, I was like [expletive]," Tatum told reporters after the game. "You got to keep playing. In the end, all that matters is if you win. Eight in a row, so we just keep winning."

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Wizards, which tips off Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Tommy have the call of the game at 7:30 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.

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