The Boston Celtics are riding high on the West Coast, but they received some bad news Monday afternoon.
Forward Jayson Tatum will miss Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers with a shoulder injury, the team announced. The second-year forward has played in all 67 games this season and played in 80 of 82 games in his rookie campaign, so it’s not like him to sit out.
The Celtics are 3-0 on their four-game California swing, thanks to wins over the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers. The team’s improved play has sparked optimism that Boston can, in fact, turn things around in time for the playoffs.
As for Tatum, the 21-year-old is averaging 16.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.