Boston Celtics

Dec 22, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Denzel Valentine (45) in the half quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Celtics’ COVID issues continue, and this time they’re impacting the team’s leading scorer. Jayson Tatum was a late addition to Monday’s injury report, with the team announcing he’s been placed in the NBA’s health & safety protocols.

Tatum will now miss the team’s Monday night game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. This is the second time in a calendar year Tatum will miss time due to COVID – he missed multiple games in January after testing positive.

In 33 games this season Tatum has averaged a team-best 25.6 points per game, shooting 41.7 percent from the floor and 32.9 percent from three. He’s grabbed a career-best 8.6 rebounds per game.

With Tatum added to the list, the Celtics now have nine players in the health & safety protocols. Dennis Schroder, Josh Richardson, Enes Freedom, Aaron Nesmith, C.J. Miles, Bruno Fernando, and Justin Jackson have all been ruled out for Monday, while Grant Williams is questionable. Marcus Smart is also questionable after being added to the injury report late with a right hand laceration.

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