WATCH: Jayson Tatum Injury Scare Leaves Fans In Utter Dismay During Celtics vs Heat

Published 05/22/2022, 12:56 AM EDT
Jan 6, 2022; New York, New York, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) reacts after making a basket against the New York Knicks during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Eastern Conference Finals had everyone at the edge of their seats with both the teams winning 1 game each. Game 3 surely was crucial for both of them and thus Celtics and Heat were ready to give everything they had. Unfortunately, Jayson Tatum was seen leaving the court in the fourth quarter with 5 minutes remaining after suffering a shoulder injury.

Tatum fell on the floor while handling the ball and then failed to get up for quite a while. He did return back to the floor after going to the locker room and receiving some medical treatment; despite his return, there is no certainty about his participation in the next few crucial games.

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May 30, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) attempts a layup against Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) during the first half of game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

 What went down where and how.

During the last quarter of Game 3, Tatum was being guarded by Victor Oladipo with the Celtics player having the ball. Oladipo attempted a steal and may have hurt Tatum’s shoulder in doing so. After that, the latter was seen on the floor for a few minutes while the game went on. 

Later he hurried back to the Celtics locker room and Payton Pritchard replaced him on the court. Tatum clearly did not really have a star-like game 3 with him scoring just 10 Pts along with 4 assists despite playing nearly 41 minutes. It would be crucial to watch the injury reports coming as a lot depends on the 24 year old star.   

ECF- The game of injury

The Eastern Conference Finals have seen a considerable number of players leave the court due to injury. With Tatum leaving the court in the last quarter and Jimmy Butler not returning to play in the second half, key players of both teams are suffering. 

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Along with that Kyrie Lowry went out due to a hamstring issue and Marcus Smart also left the floor to get his ankle sprain checked. Although just like Tatum, Lowry and Smart also returned back the court, these are not healthy signs for both the teams.

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Both the teams will be looking to advance to the next round and lift this year’s championship. Amidst all this, star players suffering major injuries would surely affect the morale in the locker room. Where do you think the series goes from where?

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