Will Jayson Tatum Play Tonight? Boston Celtics vs Washington Wizards: Preview, Injury Updates, and Prediction

Published 02/28/2021, 11:00 AM EST
Feb 2, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) handles the ball while being defended by Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) during the third quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports


The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards play each other on Sunday for the second time in the regular season. The Celtics began the 2020-21 season on a bright note, but let their fortunes slip by losing a string of games recently. It has been a contrasting tale for the Wizards, a team that has been posting much-needed wins, one after the other.

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Venue: TD Garden

Time: 7:00 PM ET (February 28, 2021) 

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The Celtics and the Wizards are two Eastern Conference teams who were destined to make it to the playoffs at the start of the season. However, after more than 30 games played, it looks like both teams need to step up their games in the second half of the season to keep postseason hopes alive. 

Boston Celtics vs Washington Wizards: Injury Updates and Lineup

Celtics

The Boston Celtics have been largely inconsistent this season. The team has two All-Stars in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown who are averaging 25 points a night, but the supporting cast has not been ideal in helping the team thrive. 

Feb 5, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) celebrates with forward Semi Ojeleye (37) and guard Jeff Teague (55) in the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center.The Celtics defeated the Clippers 119-115. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kemba Walker has been effective since returning from injury but has been under a minutes restriction for several games. The Celtics aren’t playing committed basketball, which is hurting them largely. 

The team will be without Marcus Smart and Romeo Langford for the Wizards game, and on top of that, Jaylen Brown (knee soreness) is now listed as questionable

Possible Lineup

Kemba Walker (G) 

Jaylen Brown (G)

Jayson Tatum (F) 

Daniel Theis (F) 

Tristan Thompson (C) 

Wizards

The Wizards frankly look like a different team from how they began the season. Washington has got back on a winning track and they’re currently ranked 12th in the East. Bradley Beal’s efforts are finally paying off and Russell Westbrook looks rejuvenated too. 

Washington currently has two players sidelined due to major injuries who will miss the Celtics game as a result. Furthermore, 28-year-old Raul Neto, who sustained a bruised knee in the previous game against the Timberwolves, is questionable for Sunday’s game

Possible Lineup 

Russell Westbrook (G) 

Bradley Beal (G) 

Garrison Mathews (F) 

Rui Hachimura (F) 

Moritz Wagner (C) 

Prediction

Celtics vs Wizards will be an exciting clash to watch for neutral fans. It will be a game between two teams who’re desperately trying to get their season back on track. Hence, either franchise would be going for the killer blow in this one. 

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This might be an unpopular opinion, but we’re predicting that the Washington Wizards will win this one. Westbrook is perfectly complementing the scoring machine Bradley Beal by bringing home the rebounds and assists. 

Feb 14, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) dribbles the ball around the screen of Celtics forward Tristan Thompson (13) as Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) defends in the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Kemba Walker is back, but if the Celtics fall short on their defensive tactics, there is no stopping the Wizards from recording their 14th win of the season! 

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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