Tatum ruled out Sunday vs. Wizards with ankle sprain
Tatum will miss his first game of the 2022-23 season. The 24-year-old started in all 19 of Boston's contests, averaging 36.9 minutes of action. In the Celtics' last game - an 18-point win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday - Tatum registered just over 31 minutes, his second-lowest total of the campaign.
The three-time All-Star is in the midst of a career year, posting personal bests in points (30.5 per game), assists (4.6), and blocks (1.2). He's also pulling down 7.9 rebounds per game while recording shooting splits of 47.7/35.2/86.9. He ranks fifth in the league in scoring and is building a strong early case to win his first MVP award.
The Celtics have been far better when their 6-foot-8 star is on the floor. The Eastern Conference leaders score 120.5 points per 100 possessions when Tatum plays, but their offensive rating plummets to 109.3 when he sits.
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