Boston Celtics young forward Jayson Tatum appeared to suffer an injury in the final seconds of today’s FIBA World Cup game against Turkey.
Tatum had to be helped off the floor following a collision late in the Americans’ one-point win over Turkey on Tuesday morning. It’s unclear how significant of an injury it is.
The Celtics’ 21-year-old forward needed help from trainers to get to the locker room and didn’t appear to be able to put any weight on his ankle.
Hopefully, this is nothing more than a rolled ankle, but it’s certainly not what you want to see early in the World Cup.
Jayson Tatum rolls his ankle late in Team USA win over Turkey.
Needs trainers to get him to lockeroom. Couldn’t put any weight on it. pic.twitter.com/v155UXIEJv
— Morey Hershgordon (@MHershgordon) September 3, 2019
Tatum appeared to be in some pain as he was helped off the floor.
— Red Sox Stats (@redsoxstats) September 3, 2019
Of course, you hope that this injury is nothing serious and Tatum will be fine for the start of the NBA season. But it would be nice to see him back on the court in this World Cup.
Tatum and his new Celtics teammate, Kemba Walker, had been developing some nice chemistry.
“Playing together so much together now [with Walker] has built up chemistry for the season,” Tatum said after USA’s Game 1 win. “Hopefully there’s good things to come for the future.”
USA should issue an official injury update on Tatum later today.