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Jayson Tatum (shoulder) expected to return against the Kings

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Celtics are winless without Tatum this season.

NBA: Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Celtics will return at full strength tomorrow night against the Sacramento Kings after their 3-1 West Coast road trip last week. Their lone loss came Monday night against the L.A. Clippers in which Jayson Tatum didn’t play due to shoulder soreness that stemmed from the blowout win against the Golden State Warriors. Thankfully, Tatum appears ready to go as the Celtics look to sweep the Kings:

This season in 31.1 MPG, Jayson Tatum is averaging 16.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists on 45.2% from the field and 36.8% from behind the 3-point line. Tatum has only missed one game this season, so you can basically say that Tatum is crucial to this team’s winning success. Okay, maybe not, but it’s nice to have him back against a scrappy Sacramento Kings team fighting for a playoff spot.

The Celtics’ main focus should be establishing as much of a rhythm as possible entering into the playoffs, and being at full strength will certainly contribute to that. Although they lost on Monday, the bout against the Kings will go a long way toward determining if the Celtics really have turned the corner or not.

The 33-33 Sacramento Kings visit the 41-27 Boston Celtics tomorrow night at 7:30PM EST.