Jayson Tatum still out due to COVID-19, won’t play for Celtics vs. Cavaliers on Sunday
Sunday will mark the fifth straight game Jayson Tatum has missed, following three Celtics games being postponed. Tatum tested positive for COVID-19 on January 8th following a game with the Wizards. Boston has lost three straight and have gone 1-4 since Tatum hit the shelf. Not in any part due to the play of Jaylen Brown of Marcus Smart. Brown, who should have another big game with Tatum out Sunday, has averaged almost 29 a game since his running buddy went out, including a 42-point effort in a loss to the Sixers on Friday. Smart, who’s not known for his offensive, has picked it up as well. The Celtics guard has averaged almost 23 a game in the past two, well, about his 13.8 per game season average. Both men should continue to shoulder the offensive load, but the Celts desperately need help from another source. They are likely counting down the seconds until Tatum returns, which could be Monday in Chicago or Wednesday in San Antonio since head coach Brad Stevens he was 50-50 to play Sunday.
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