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Jan 22, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) controls the ball while Memphis Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder (99) defends during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

It’s been a week since Jayson Tatum aggravated a groin injury against the Memphis Grizzlies, an injury that has cost him his last three games. In talking to 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand Wednesday afternoon, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said he doesn’t expect Tatum’s absence to go on much longer.

“He is getting way better. I anticipate if he doesn’t play tomorrow he’ll be back by the weekend.”

Stevens did say that while they hope to have Tatum back soon, the team isn’t going to take any risks with their second-leading scorer.

“The muscle strains, the muscle tears. Obviously this isn’t a bad one, by any means. But you’ve got to be super careful,” Stevens explained. “We’ve been what I think is appropriately cautious. He’s been antsy to play, as he usually is. But I think that, especially in this stretch, I mean you re-aggravate it you could miss 10 to 12 games quickly.”

Stevens said expects another update on Tatum early tomorrow after a workout back in Boston today.

“We’re all hopeful that he’s able to have a great workout today [Wednesday]. We’ll reassess him in the morning and we hope we get him back but we’re not going to rush it.”

You can listen to Zolak & Bertrand’s full conversation with Brad Stevens below, starting at the 29:53 mark.

The Celtics returned from a three-game road trip late last night after their 109-101 win over the Miami Heat. Boston went 2-1 on the trip, playing all three games without Tatum. The team is back in action tomorrow when they host the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden at 8 p.m. Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell have the call on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with pregame coverage starting at 7:30.

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth