Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart are making progress with their respective injuries, both suffered during Sunday’s eventual loss to the Orlando Magic. At shootaround on Tuesday in Washington, Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens provided updates.
#NEBHInjuryReport Brad Stevens says Marcus Smart (left oblique contusion) felt better yesterday. Jayson Tatum (left shin contusion) had an MRI that came back “completely clean.”— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 9, 2019
Both starters’ health is critical for Boston headed into the postseason, which tips off this weekend. NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg had more detail from Stevens:
Brad Stevens to reporters in DC: “[Jayson] Tatum actually did have an MRI that was completely clear. So we’re assuming that he should be fine sooner rather than later but, again, we wait to see how he reacts to the court [today]."— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) April 9, 2019
Brad on Smart timeline: "It really depends on how he feels. I’ve heard anything from he could be good to go by practice later in the week to, if he’s got pain there … that it could be a little bit longer … But it doesn't sound like it’s a long-term issue."— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) April 9, 2019
Tatum and Smart are just two of the numerous Celtics expected to sit tonight against the Washington Wizards. As a result, Guerschon Yabusele fans everywhere will scooch to the edges of their couches and barstools in anticipation.
The Boston Celtics announced that Jaylen Brown, Daniel Theis and Guerschon Yabusele have all been upgraded to available for tonight's game at Washington.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) April 9, 2019
Baynes, Hayward, Horford, Irving, Morris, Smart and Tatum all remain out.