The last time the All-Star forward battled COVID-19 during the 2020-21 campaign he had to use an inhaler for the rest season and into the summer. While Tatum said at Media Day back in September that he no longer needed to use the inhaler, there is still some cause for concern after his second bout with the virus less than a year later.
"Obviously I kind of reverted back to everything, and it kind of felt like the first go-round when I had it last year, and how tough that was and everything like that," Tatum said in his post-practice presser Tuesday. "But I feel a lot better with everything. My quarantine was shorter, my body feels a lot better, just comparing my first couple of days back working out and practicing than last year when I first came back.
"So that's a positive sign and a positive way to look at it."
"All of the positive cases we've had in the league and with the guys on the team, obviously trying to stay as safe as possible but realizing there's always risk and a possibility," he said. "I don't think I was puzzled. I guess just kind of what we're dealing with right now."
"We needed it," Tatum said. "Him playing the way he did, especially late, I think the team kind of fed off of it. We were down 14 with four minutes left, and just figuring out a way to win -- that was a big win for us."
"He's had two or three extra sessions, and he's looking good out here with what he is doing so far," Udoka said in his post-practice comments. "He's the type of guy that wants to come back and get right back into his role and not be limited. Something he's stressed that he doesn't love is a minutes restriction and anything like that. As long as his conditioning and wind is fine, he can get right back to playing at the level that he was."
#NEBHInjuryReport update:— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 5, 2022
Romeo Langford - AVAILABLE
Aaron Nesmith - AVAILABLE
Jabari Parker - AVAILABLE
Payton Pritchard (Health & Safety Protocols) - OUT
Brodric Thomas (low back pain) - OUT
Robert Williams - AVAILABLE
The Celtics and tip-off against the Spurs at 7:30 PM, before they head to Madison Square Garden Thursday on a second night of a back-to-back, as TNT will have the national broadcast.
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