Boston Celtics Rule Out Jayson Tatum for Saturday's Game Against Toronto Raptors

The Boston Celtics are granting Jayson Tatum a well-earned rest. The team officially declared the three-time All Star out with left wrist soreness for Saturday's game against the Toronto Raptors.

Tatum gutted through a tough shooting night (9-27) to eventually defeat the Golden State Warriors 121-118 in overtime on Thursday night. Tatum scored a game-high 34 points and nabbed a career-high 19 rebounds. He has been a remarkably durable and reliable superstar for the Celtics this season, appearing in 44 of a possible 46 games.

If not for some truly transcendent seasons from Nikola Jokic (25.1 points per game, 11.0 rebounds per game, 9.9 assists per game), Luka Doncic (33.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 8.8 apg), and Joel Embiid (33.6 ppg, 9.8 rbg, 4.2 apg), Tatum would have a great chance at MVP; he's scoring 31.2 ppg at a personal best .610 true shooting percentage with 8.5 rpg and 7.4 apg. In a league where teams have become more careful not to overextend their stars, Tatum's consistent availability is an underrated and increasingly rare asset for the Celtics. They sport a league-best 34-12 record this season.

The Celtics will travel to Orlando to face the Magic on Monday. There's a good chance Tatum will return to action then.

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