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Celtics’ Jayson Tatum to miss Sunday’s game vs. Wizards with left ankle sprain

Jayson Tatum will miss Sunday night’s game against the Wizards due to a left ankle sprain, the Celtics announced on Saturday.

The Celtics star suffered the injury during Monday’s loss to the Bulls and was initially listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Mavericks before playing through it to drop 37 points in the victory. Tatum was not listed on the injury report for Friday’s game against the Kings and scored 30 points in the win.

Tatum – who has played in all 19 games for the Celtics this season – has also been managing some lingering discomfort in his left wrist this season. With the Celtics in the midst of a heavy schedule – which includes a home back to back on Sunday and Monday – it’s likely the team wants to take a cautious approach with their star and use it as an opportunity to give him some much-needed rest. Tatum is averaging 36.9 minutes per game this season, which is tied for third-most in the NBA, and the Celtics can afford to give him a game off in November as they boast the league’s best record (15-4).

Robert Williams (recovery from left knee surgery) and Danilo Gallinari (recovery from ACL surgery) are the only other Celtics on the injury report.

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