Monday, January 15, 2018

Jayson Tatum will play against Pelicans, talks about becoming a father

After suffering a left knee injury against the 76ers in London, Jayson Tatum will play Tuesday night against the Pelicans.

Tatum, who sat out of practice over the weekend, rejoined the Celtics for Monday practice in preparation for Tuesday night. After X-rays on Tatum's left knee came back negative, Brad Stevens says he was cleared to practice and will probably play against New Orleans at TD Garden.
"It feels a lot better," Tatum said. "I just tweaked it in the game in London and the long plane ride it got a little stiff. We had a few days off practice -- I mean off until our next game. So they just told me to rest the other day at practice."
The rookie has had an eventful month. From being honored as the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month, playing in England and becoming a father -- it's been a busy 2018, thus far. Tatum shared a photo of his first-born, Jayson Christopher Tatum Jr., over the weekend on Instagram.

Tatum spoke to the media about what it's like to be a father, and credited his mother for the support she's given throughout the process.
"It's crazy," Tatum said. "I've got a lot going on right now.
"I've got my mom here so she helps," Tatum added. "She really deserves all the credit. She helps out a lot. So I'm glad she's here."
Al Horford, who also missed practice over the weekend, is also expected to play Tuesday. Horford returned Monday and says he's feeling a lot better.

Josue Pavon

Photo used is courtesy of the Associated Press

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