The Boston Celtics came close to clinching the 18th championship in franchise history when they lost the last NBA Finals to the Golden State Warrio
The Boston Celtics came close to clinching the 18th championship in franchise history when they lost the last NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, and small forward Jayson Tatum pointed to one reason their level of play declined.
In an interview with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks, the Celtics star revealed that he played for two months with a broken wrist in his left hand and received cortisone injections in order to play.
“I had a non-displaced wrist fracture. It was a little, but annoying and it was painful because I missed them. So I played for about two months with a broken hand. In the playoffs, against Milwaukee, in Game 3, I made a dunk, but Giannis (Antetokounmpo) chased me and I missed it and falling on the fans I felt a lot of pain, I had a cortisone injection in my hand that night, “he said. Celtics forward.
“I played with somewhat of a fracture for two months” 🤯
Jayson Tatum opens up about playing through an undisclosed injury during the playoffs in live interview with Taylor Rooks in B/R app pic.twitter.com/kt7xZCV36W
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Tatum later noted that he had to wear a wrist brace on his hand for the rest of the playoffs. During the Finals, the small forward posted averages of 21.5 points on 36.7 percent shooting, 7.0 assists, 6.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 0.7 blocks. However, the 3.8 losses per game was the most difficult to overcome.
“After each game I had to wear a wristband to be able to shoot and I would take it off before the cameras saw me and before the games I would put it back on so that it would be stable,” said the 24-year-old basketball player.
Afterward, the Duke alum showed he’s willing to play despite being injured by saying, “If I’m going to play, nothing else matters.”
‘Taco Jay’ has shown his durability during his five professional seasons, since he has played 365 regular season games out of a possible 390 and has averages of 20.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.7 blocked shots.
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‘I felt miserable’
The three-time All-Star also stated that after the NBA Finals he felt miserable for a period of three, four days, in which he did not leave his house and lost his appetite.
“The three, four days after that I was miserable. It took me some time to get out of there and be able to enjoy my life again, be with my son and my family. […] It was very hard because I literally gave everything I had. He had no appetite, he didn’t want to talk to anyone, he didn’t want to go out,” Tatum explained.