Jayson Tatum downplays wrist injury after scary moment vs. Bucks


Jayson Tatum had Boston Celtics fans panicking when he went down during Saturday's Game 3 in Milwaukee.

The Celtics star took a hard foul from Giannis Antetokounmpo after throwing down a dunk in the second quarter. He stayed on the floor for a few seconds holding his left wrist and writhing in pain before stepping to the free-throw line.

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A scary moment, but Tatum stayed in the game and downplayed the injury afterward.

"That's something I've been dealing with for probably like two months now," he said. "It wasn't anything abnormal. When I fell on it, it bothered me. but nothing I haven't been dealing with the last two months."

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While it's a good sign Tatum doesn't seem concerned, his performance in Saturday's 103-101 loss wasn't exactly encouraging. He finished with only 10 points -- his lowest total since Nov. 28 -- and shot 4-for-19 from the floor.

Still, he wouldn't use the wrist as an excuse.

"Today was just a one-off. I probably was thinking a little bit too much," Tatum said. "It all comes down to I just gotta make better reads and a lot of times it was for myself today that I passed up. Obviously, I expect to play better and just come in here Monday trying to get a win.


"I'm not going to make it about me or anything like that. I gotta be better. I know that, my teammates know that. I'm sure I will be and we'll make some adjustments to just be a little bit better on Monday."

Tatum and the Celtics now find themselves down 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. They'll aim to even it back up on Monday night's Game 4, which is scheduled to tip off at 7:30 p.m. ET. Coverage begins on NBC Sports Boston with Celtics Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.