Earlier today, Team USA escaped with a 93-92 overtime win over Turkey in FIBA World Cup action, but could not avoid an injury to small forward Jayson Tatum.
Tatum was injured on Team USA’s final possession when he rolled his left ankle after making a fast-break pass to Khris Middleton. Middleton was fouled on the play and converted two free throws to earn the win.
Tatum needed the help of trainers to get to the locker room. Boston Celtics fans watching the scene unfold had to be concerned.
The official diagnosis for Tatum is a sprained left ankle. He’ll be re-evaluated tomorrow.
Fans can breathe a sigh of relief that it isn’t anything more serious, though Team USA will likely be cautious with Tatum moving forward.
Official update on Jayson Tatum: sprained left ankle, will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) September 3, 2019
With the NBA season right around the corner, it is imperative that Tatum heals up fully. While seeing him return during the World Cup would be nice, it shouldn’t be a primary concern.
Team USA’s next game in group play will be against Japan. Tip-off is set for Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. ET.