For the third consecutive game, Jayson Tatum will not be active for Team USA.
The Celtics wing was ruled out before Monday morning’s second-round matchup against Brazil. Tatum sprained his ankle in the U.S.’s 93-92 overtime win over Turkey on Tuesday and has been sidelined since.
Also, Kemba Walker missed shootaround but is still expected to play.
Kemba Walker (ill) missed shootaround but it probable to play for Team USA vs. Brazil tonight. Jayson Tatum (ankle) is progressing but remains out.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) September 9, 2019
Jayson Tatum (ankle) will not play Monday vs. Brazil. Kemba Walker (not feeling well) missed shootaround, but is expected to play.
— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) September 9, 2019
There’s a good chance Gregg Popovich is waiting until Tatum is 100%, given FIBA games don’t come close to outweighing the NBA season. Though, barring some odd setback, or Team USA getting eliminated prematurely, Tatum should be back at some point.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog