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Jayson Tatum played with a wrist injury and had surgery after the season

After each game, I would have to wear a brace while shooting free throws during pre-game warmups and take it off before the pre-game cameras saw me.

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Jayson Tatum told Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report on Sunday that he fractured his left wrist without dislocation with about two months left in the 2017–18 season. The injury seemed to improve, but he claimed he reinjured it in the playoffs while playing the Milwaukee Bucks.

Tatum said that no one outside of the Celtics knew about the injury, and that he was cautious about wearing the brace in public or on the court.

For two months, I “played through” a mild fracture. Pic.twitter.com/kt7xZCV36W Jayson Tatum discusses playing through an injury during the playoffs in a live interview with Taylor Rooks in the B/R app. Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) On this date in 2022:

It was tiny, but it looked just like a regular computer chip that hadn’t been moved. It’s like I shattered a bone, except the fragment never penetrated the skin. Even though the scan revealed that the bone had grown over the break and thus healed, I continued to experience pain whenever I was struck or fell on the area. So, I guess I fractured something and played for, what, two months? And then in Game 3 of the playoffs, there was a play, and Milwaukee was involved. I threw down a dunk, Giannis [Antetokounmpo] came after me, fouled me, and sent me tumbling into the crowd. Since I hurt it, that was the worst pain I’ve felt from it. That night, I got a cortisone shot in my wrist and it showed. Since it kills fat cells, and there isn’t much fat in my hand to begin with, I’ve noticed a loss of pigmentation there. I had to wear a brace to practice shooting after every game, but I would remove it before the cameras arrived.

Tatum’s wrist was re-injured when Giannis Antetokounmpo fouled him during this play.

Regardless of the offensive photo, Tatum still went off on Giannis.

twitter.com/bPATVuuZQu (C) NBA TV (@NBATV) May 7, 2022

In a flash, Tatum dispelled any notion that this was an excuse, declaring, “if I’m going out there to play, nothing matters.”

Tatum averaged 25.6 points per game in the playoffs despite playing through a wrist injury and a shoulder injury that prevented him from playing at full strength. With many returning starters, Boston is once again a contender for the championship.

And they return with Tatum in fine health.

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