USA Basketball wasn’t the only team that suffered a scare on Tuesday. The Boston Celtics most likely held their breath when Jayson Tatum went down with an ankle injury.
Tatum rolled his ankle in the closing seconds of today’s FIBA World Cup game against Turkey. He stepped on an opponent’s foot while driving to the basket.
At first it didn’t look good for Tatum, who needed assistance to walk off the court. Not being able to put weight on his ankle certainly had Boston fanatics stressing out about his long-term health.
Fortunately for Team USA and Boston, it appears Tatum isn’t as banged up as he first appeared.
Shortly after the game, Tatum texted Brad Stevens to let him know about the injury. It turns out that it’s not a serious injury for the former Duke star.
The Celtics are expecting a big season from Tatum, especially with Kyrie Irving out of the picture
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Although Tatum’s status for the regular season should not be in jeopardy, the former first-round pick may have to watch the rest of the World Cup from the sidelines.
Next up on the schedule for USA Basketball is Japan.
Team USA should provide another update on Tatum’s injury in the near future.