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NBA: Celtics’ Jayson Tatum says he played with wrist fracture

/ 05:48 PM August 23, 2022

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Boston Celtics All-Star forward Jayson Tatum played with a small break in his left wrist during the final months of the 2021-22 regular season, he said in an interview.

The Celtics star said he injured his wrist Feb. 13 in a game against the Atlanta Hawks but didn’t have it medically evaluated until the regular season was over and before the playoffs started — about two months later.

He said it had healed before the Celtics met Golden State in the NBA Finals, which the Warriors won in six games.

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Come to find out, this was eight weeks later, it showed that I had a non-displaced fracture in my wrist,” Tatum said in the Bleacher Report interview, posted online Sunday. “And it was small but it was still a non-displaced chip. So I chipped a bone but it didn’t leave the surface. But it had shown that the bone had grew over it so it healed, but I was still in pain because I kept getting hit or falling on it. So I guess I played with somewhat of a fracture for two months.”

Tatum, 24, said the wrist still was bothersome after Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals when he was fouled by Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. He needed a cortisone shot to continue in the series, he said.

Tatum earned first-team All-NBA honors and averaged 26.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists in the regular season, all career highs.

He played in 100 games in all — 76 in the regular season and all 24 in the postseason.

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