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Jayson Tatum admits he may need offseason wrist surgery, is playing through it

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BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 19: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics prepares to shoot a free throw during the game against the Golden State Warriors on January 19, 2023 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2023 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Jayson Tatum could use the upcoming All-Star break to give his body a little rest (he’ll be playing in the All-Star Game, but that’s not as physically taxing as a couple of regular season games). He’s been playing since last postseason with a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist and — despite the wrap he plays with — it catches up with him sometimes.

After playing heavy minutes against the Warriors Thursday, he sat out Saturday night and admitted to the press that he might need offseason surgery to clear this up.

Tatum said he plans to play through the injury this season, and his wrist improves after rest. Which is something the Celtics need to consider down the stretch. Tatum is having an MVP-level season and they need him at his peak in the playoffs (especially the second round and beyond). If Boston can get him a little rest down the stretch, it might be good for him and the Celtics’ title chances.