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Celtics’ Jayson Tatum Says Shoulder Injury ‘Feels a whole lot Better’ After Resting

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Boston Celtics superstar Jayson Tatumsaid he’s well later on to recovery from the shoulder injury he handled during thelatter stages of the 2022 NBA playoffs.

Tatum, who suffered the injury duringthe Eastern Conference Finals and played through it in the team’sloss to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, provided anupdate Thursday to Justin Quinn of CelticsWire on the Celtics Labpodcast.

“Yeah, it feels better,” Tatum said. “It gota large amount of time and energy to rest that it needed. So, it will be felt a lotbetter.”

The injury didn’t may actually hurtTatum’s shooting stroke as he knocked down 20 of his 44 three-pointattempts (45.5 percent) in the Finals, nonetheless it was a more impressive issuewhile coping with contact as he made just 24 of his 76 two-pointshots (31.6 percent) contrary to the Warriors.

Following the Celtics’ season-ending lossin Game 6, the three-time All-Star said he planned to recuperate throughstandard rest and recovery.

“No, I don’t believe [I’ll needsurgery],” Tatum told reporters.

Meanwhile, the 24-year-old Duke product told Quinn his mainfocus through the entire summer is making certain his body is prepared foranother campaign following a short offseason following a team’s deepplayoff run.

“Always first of all takingcare of my own body, in the weight room focusing on my legs and makingsure my core [is good],” Tatum said. “Changing my diet, trying toeat better. The basketball stuff is simpler to determine; I’ve beendoing it such a long time. I think the body is what keeps you up here.”

The All-NBA first-team selectionaveraged 26.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.0 threes across76 appearances through the 2021-22 regular season. He finished sixthin MVP voting.

Regardless of the Celtics’ success, therehave been rumors in regards to a potential blockbuster trade which could bringKevin Durant to Boston, that could start to see the departure of longtimeteammate Jaylen Brown.

Tatum told Quinn the very best thingto do is avoid all of the speculation when possible, saying it’simportant to “learn merely to keep your personal sanity as well as your ownpeace.”

“That is the world we reside in, right?It always originates from an anonymous source. Nonetheless it makes ESPN orTwitter or whatever, and everybody sees it,” he said. “So younever know very well what holds true and what’s incorrect, nonetheless it gets people totalk about any of it, and I assume that is the idea.”

Up to now there has been no indication aDurant deal is in fact close, so there is a strong chance the Celticsrun it back with mostly exactly the same core next season.

Also it appears like Tatum will undoubtedly be allsystems go once the campaign tips off in October.

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