Celtics will be without Jayson Tatum on Sunday, may have Kemba Walker back vs. Knicks
Celtics’ superstar Jayson Tatum will remain on the shelf for at least one more game. Tatum tested positive for COVID-19 on January 10th, and the original timeline for his absence was thought to be 10-14 days. It looks like Tatum is trending to suit up for Boston before then but will not play against New York on Sunday.
On the other hand, Kemba Walker may make his season debut for the Celts on Sunday against the Knicks. Walker has yet to play this season after having a procedure on his left knee shortly after Boston left the bubble last year. Shortly after receiving the stem-cell injection, Walker was put on a 12-week strengthening program and has now been a full participant in practice recently. The Celtics are already severely shorthanded and would love to have their point guard back, but he remains questionable for now.
Jeff Teague, who’s available in over 70 percent of leagues, is coming off a 17-point game in Boston’s win over the Magic Friday night and should continue positive usage with Tatum and possibly Walker out. Rookie point guard Payton Pritchard, who played five minutes more than Teague on Friday while contribuing 16 points, will also keep his boost with the pair of Celts out. Pritchard is available in over 80 percent of leagues and offers some short term value. Check on the Celtics injury report on Sunday and head over to FanDuel DFS to look up Pritchard and Teague if Boston remains banged up. Both players should come fairly cheap.