Celtics forward Jayson Tatum has tested positive for COVID-19, The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn reported on Saturday.
Tatum received a positive COVID-19 test on Friday evening and immediately went into quarantine, according to Washburn. He is still waiting for the results of a confirmatory test and is asymptomatic, Mark Murphy de le Boston Herald reported.
With the COVID-19 test positive, Tatum will likely need to be quarantined for the next 10 to 14 days. Saturday’s news of Tatum’s positive test comes a day after the Robert Williams center reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus.
Center Tristan Thompson and forward Grant Williams have also been forced to quarantine for at least seven days starting Friday due to NBA health and safety protocols. A league source told Washburn that Robert Williams, Grant Williams, Thompson and guard Carsen Edwards all shared a car ride on the team’s recent trip, with Edwards the only player wearing a mask during the ride. . Edwards was cleared to play against the Wizards on Friday night as he was not considered close contact.
Following Tatum’s positive test, the Celtics canceled Saturday’s practice and closed the Auerbach center for use on Saturday. The Celtics’ game against the Heat on Sunday should still be played. Players and other members of the organization were tested twice on Friday, according to Washburn.
Tatum’s positive COVID-19 test also forced Wizards star Bradley Beal to miss his game against the Heat on Saturday. Beal and Tatum conversed in close proximity to each other after Friday’s Celtics-Wizards game, forcing the league to investigate Beal’s potential exposure, according to Athletic‘s Shams Charania.
It is part of the health and safety protocols investigating a potential exposure that arose when Bradley Beal and Jayson Tatum spoke nearby on the pitch after the game on Friday night, sources said. https://t.co/42fYb8Yesc
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 9, 2021
The quarantine period will require Tatum to miss at least five games, and potentially seven games if he is quarantined for 14 days. The Celtics will be deprived of their top scorer for their next clashes against Heat, Bulls, Magic (twice) and Knicks. A 14-day quarantine would see Tatum miss two games against the 76ers.
Tatum has had a good start to the season. His 26.9 points per game are the eighth-highest in the league. He scored 32 points in the Celtics’ victory on Friday night.
With four players forced to miss games due to COVID-19 or health protocols, the Celtics only have 11 players (including two-way players Tacko Fall and Tremont Waters) available to play. The league requires teams to have eight active players in order for matches to be played.
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