Fresh off the worst playoff game of his career, Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum admitted he's still not fully healed from a wrist injury suffered during the regular season.
“That’s something I’ve been dealing with for probably like two months now,” Tatum told reporters after Sunday's 103-101 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. “It wasn’t anything abnormal. When I fall on it, it bothers me.”
Tatum finished with just 10 points on 4-of-19 shooting as Boston dropped a winnable game in Milwaukee to fall behind 2-1 in their Eastern Conference Semifinal series.
The All-Star forward aggravated the injury when he dunked on Giannis Antetokounmpo in the second quarter. Antetokounmpo went for a chase-down block and fouled Tatum to the floor, leaving him grabbing his wrist as he came up from the court.
"Today was just a one-off. I probably was thinking a little bit too much," Tatum told reporters of his performance. "It all comes down to I just gotta make better reads and a lot of times it was for myself today that I passed up. Obviously, I expect to play better and just come in here Monday [for Game 4] trying to get a win."
Tatum was previously wearing a wrap on his left wrist after the Celtics' Game 2 win. While the injury has been consistently downplayed, it's something worth monitoring as the second round's most competitive series continues.
Tatum did not miss a regular-season game because of injury, playing in 76 of the Celtics' 82 games.