What Will Boston Celtics Look Like When Jayson Tatum Makes His NBA Return?

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January 23, 2021 11:43 pm

The Boston Celtics are not having a great time out on the court. Having been without their superstar Jayson Tatum for two weeks, they have lost 75% of their matches. He was in contention to play in their most recent loss against the Philadelphia 76ers, but the medical department ruled him out at the eleventh hour.

After recovering from COVID, it is important that he build back his fitness. But he may be available for their next game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Though, he may have a minutes restriction. His return will mean that they can get their title hopes back on track and start climbing back to the places they lost in the standings.

Kemba Walker made his Celtics’ return in Tatum’s absence

Seeing the absence of Tatum, Kemba Walker made a timely return from injury against the New York Knicks. Although it doesn’t bode well for him that they have lost all the three games since his comeback, he is beginning to find his rhythm.

Plus, it should be noted that Tatum and Walker haven’t played with each other in this NBA campaign at all. So, it will be nice to see the step-back master and Taco Jay in the same starting 5.

Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker and forward Jayson Tatum react during the second half of game three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

How will the Boston Celtics line up with Jayson Tatum?

Due to injuries and COVID protocols, coach Brad Stevens has had to rotate his starting lineup. But with Tatum’s return, we can see things falling in place for them. The below lineup looks formidable for any opposition – on both ends of the floor as well.

Guard – Kemba Walker

Guard – Marcus Smart

Center – Tristan Thompson

Forward – Jayson Tatum

Forward – Jaylen Brown

While Tatum is more heralded among the Green fans, it is in fact Jaylen Brown who is playing at a higher level. He is averaging 26.9 points at a 41.6% three-point shooting efficiency. So, the duo will be ready to wreak havoc once again.

Dec 23, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) celebrates with guard Jaylen Brown (7) after scoring against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The future MVP looks set and ready. Not only will he uplift them once again, but will look to bring glory back to one of the NBA’s most successful teams. If he can this season or not, we will find out.

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Bharat Aggarwal

Bharat Aggarwal works as a multi-sports author for EssentiallySports. His interests in sports include but are not limited to NBA and Formula 1. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of commerce, Delhi University. He has previously worked as a sports copywriter and social media handler for Multiple Cricket gaming apps.

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