Celtics' Jayson Tatum says he may need wrist surgery in summer, but won't miss significant time this season

Following the Boston Celtics’ shootaround on Monday, star forward Jayson Tatum informed press reporters that he might require surgical treatment on his frustrating left wrist, which has actually been triggering problems for him since he suffered a non-displaced fracture last season

“Maybe [it will require surgery],” Tatum stated. “I don’t want to say yes and I don’t want to say no. It’s something we’ve got to look at once the season’s over. But nothing that’s gonna cause me to miss significant time the rest of the season.”

Tatum, who remained of the group’s win over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, will be back in the lineup on Monday night versus the Orlando Magic, as the Celtics seek to extend their winning streak to 10 video games. Despite his wrist injury, Tatum has actually been a workhorse for the Celtics this season, missing out on simply 3 video games and balancing 37.1 minutes, the third-highest mark in the league. 

His persistence on playing as numerous video games and as numerous minutes as possible — he was on the court for 48 of the 53 minutes in the Celtics’ overtime win over the Golden State Warriors recently — is a huge part of why he’s ended up being a leading competitor for the MVP award, and why the Celtics have the very best record in the league at 35-12. He’s installing 31.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.8 helps per video game, and the group is plus-9.4 points per 100 ownerships when he’s on the flooring. 

If it depended on Tatum, he would never ever remain, however he stated discussions with the medical personnel persuaded him to remain versus Toronto. 

“It’s kind of just talking with Nick [Sang, one of the Celtics’ athletic trainers] about how my body was feeling,” Tatum stated. “Those 50 minutes the other night didn’t necessarily help, and a couple of falls on my wrist, but I think the extra day off helped me out a lot.”

For Tatum’s sake, and the Celtics’, more nights off over the 2nd half of the season may be a great concept. He confessed last summer season that he was “exhausted” throughout the Finals, when the Celtics lost to the Warriors in 6 video games. Though he has more assistance around him this season, he’s playing much more than he did last season, and the Celtics figure to have another deep playoff run ahead of them. 

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