The Athletic’s Shams Charania is reporting that Celtics star Jayson Tatum will be out for roughly the next two weeks in accordance to the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. This comes on the heels of Tristan Thompson, Grant Williams, and Robert Williams entering a similar quarantine; Robert Williams registered a positive COVID test after Boston’s most recent road trip.
On Friday night, Tatum scored 32 points and outdueled close friend Bradley Beal, leading the Celtics to a 116-107 win over the Washington Wizards in Boston. It’s that level of offense that the team will be missing in its current mini home stand followed by a two-game series with the 76ers who are also dealing with a possible quarantine issue themselves.
• Occurrence of independent cases (not spread among players or staff), or a small or “expected number” of COVID-19 cases will not require a decision to suspend or cancel the season.
• Anyone who tests positive will have two routes to return to work: go 10 days or more after the first positive test or onset of symptoms, or test negative twice at least 24 hours apart via PCR testing.
• Any player who tests positive, even if asymptomatic, will not be allowed to exercise for a minimum of 10 days and then must be monitored in individual workouts for an additional two days.
As of now, it’s unclear if Tatum has tested positive for COVID-19. With Tatum, Thompson, the Williamses, Kemba Walker, and Romeo Langford out, the Celtics will only have eleven players (including two-way players Tacko Fall and Tremont Waters) available for the next three games that include a rematch with Miami tomorrow, a one-game road trip to Chicago, and the start of a two-game set against the Magic.
UPDATE: Per The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn, Jayson Tatum has tested positive for COVID-19 and the Celtics practice facility has been shut down. It is unknown how he contracted the virus. Washburn also reports that Grant Williams, Tristan Thompson, Robert Williams, and Carsen Edwards recently rode in a car together. Robert Williams tested positive for the virus and Edwards was allowed to be active yesterday because he was wearing a mask.