Will Jayson Tatum Play Tonight? Boston Celtics vs Phoenix Suns: Injury Update, Lineup and Game Prediction

Published 02/07/2021, 11:35 AM EST
Feb 2, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) hits a 3 pointer during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics, who are coming of a terrible loss to the Sacramento Kings, defeated a Western Conference juggernaut in Los Angeles Clippers. With their latest win, they have 12 wins and 9 losses, and are third seed in the Eastern Conference.


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The Phoenix Suns also bounced back off of a disappointing loss to the Pelicans, with a dominant 109-92 victory against the Pistons. In the last five games veteran guard Chris Paul has been amazing, averaging 21.2 points, 7.6 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per game. This has translated to team success with four wins in last five.

The Celtics face off against the Suns tonight at 2:00 PM EST. Let’s look at the injury reports and the probable lineups of the teams.


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Phoenix Suns injury updates and expected lineups

The Suns are in great form recently winning four games of the last five. With this amazing form, they find themselves as the fourth seed in the Western Conference with 12 wins and 9 losses.

The Suns have some minor injury concerns ahead of their game against the Celtics. Forward Dario Saric and guard Cameron Payne are both sidelined with an ankle and a foot injury, respectively. Forward Jae Crowder is doubtful against the Celtics as he recovers from a foot injury.

Jan 1, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) and guard Chris Paul (3) and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) and center Deandre Ayton (22) and forward Jae Crowder (99) react following a fourth quarter time out against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Suns will hope that they can maintain this good run of form against a depleted Celtics side.

Probable Lineup

Chris Paul (G)

Devin Booker (G)

Mikal Bridges (F)

Cameron Johnson (F)

DeAndre Ayton (F)

Boston Celtics injury updates and predicted lineup

The Boston Celtics had a fantastic win against the Clippers in their last game, beating them 119-115. This was an impressive win for the Celtics, given that they were missing their starting point guard, Marcus Smart.

The Celtics have some major injury concerns ahead of their game against the Suns. Starting guard Marcus Smart is out with a calf strain, backup center Tacko Fall is out with a knee injury, and guard Romeo Langford is also out with a wrist injury. Jaylen Brown, who has played majority of the games, is out against the Suns due to soreness in left knee. Starting center Daniel Theis is probable against the Suns.

Dec 23, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0), guard Jeff Teague (55), and guard Jaylen Brown (7) celebrate after making a basket against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

With guards Kemba Walker finally showing some form against the Clippers, the Celtics will hope that he can maintain the same against the Suns.

Probable Lineup

Kemba Walker (G)

Jayson Tatum (G)

Tristan Thompson (F)


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Grant Williams (F)

Daniel Theis (C)



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The Phoenix Suns have been in tremendous form lately and have a relatively healthy side in comparison to the injury ridden Boston Celtics. The Suns are surely the favorites against the Celtics.


Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.