Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Jayson Tatum suffers ankle injury against Turkey

It's probably safe to say that Jayson Tatum's run in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup could come to an end.

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Celtics forward sprained his ankle in the final moments of a 93-92 USA overtime win over Turkey Tuesday. After sending the game into OT behind back-to-back free-throws, he had to be helped off the floor in the final minute of the extra period when Tatum rolled his ankle while giving a bounce pass to Khris Middleton.

Middleton's layup attempt led to a trip to the free-throw line, where he pushed the United States ahead. However, Tatum's health is now the Celtics' biggest concern weeks before the team will begin training camp.

Tatum notched a double-double (11 points, 11 rebounds) before leaving the game. Kemba Walker's 14 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds alongside Middleton's team-high 15 points led the way in USA's one-point win.

There will an update on Tatum's status Wednesday, when he will be re-evaluated.

Josue Pav√≥n

Photo used is courtesy of Getty Images

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