Jayson Tatum was injured on the final offensive possession of Team USA’s 93-92 overtime win over Turkey in yesterday’s FIBA World Cup group stage game.
Tatum rolled his left ankle and had to be helped off the floor. The injury was officially diagnosed as a sprain.
It would make sense for Team USA to be cautious with Tatum, considering the NBA season is starting soon. The latest update from the New York Times’ Marc Stein illustrates the plan for Tatum moving forward.
He will be shut down and re-evaluated in five days, per Stein.
Jayson Tatum is out for the next five days and will be re-evaluated Sept. 9 due to the sprained left ankle he suffered in Tuesday's OT win over Turkey, according to @usabasketball
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) September 4, 2019
Tatum will miss the USA’s final game of the first round of group play, which takes place tomorrow against Japan.
We’ll have to see if he’s able to return later in the tournament, or if his ankle renders him unable to play.
Either way, he and Team USA dodged a bullet by the fact he wasn’t hurt more seriously on Tuesday.