Celtics’ Tatum in precautionary walking boot

Celtics’ Tatum in precautionary walking boot
BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 22: Jayson Tatum shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected number three overall by the Boston Celtics during the 2017 NBA Draft on June 22, 2017 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler /NBAE via Getty Images)

NBA.com staff report

Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum left Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) game in the first half against the Lakers due to right ankle soreness. He did not return and left the arena in a walking boot to "be safe”, the Celtics announced. Tests will come on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).

Tatum had five points in nine minutes and would not return after halftime. Marcus Smart replaced him in the second half.

Selected No. 3 overall in the 2017 draft, the 19-year-old has impressed during the first few weeks of the season. He's averaging 13.5 points, 6.0 rebounds per game and is shooting efficiently at 50 percent from the field (52.9 percent from long range).

On roughly 30 minutes per game, the former Duke star has played a key role in pushing the Celtics to the best record in the NBA. Boston went on to beat Los Angeles 107-96 for its 10th straight win.

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