CHICAGO (AP) — The hardest a part of having COVID-19 for Jayson Tatum wasn’t the headache, the excessive temperature and chills he skilled. These signs went away after the primary night time.
Most troublesome was the psychological toll.
”It was robust, particularly your preliminary response as soon as you discover out,” he stated. ”I do not know if it is panic. However you positively fear due to every part you examine it and listen to, how many individuals it is affected and the way many individuals did not make it.”
Tatum scored 24 factors after lacking 5 video games, Jaylen Brown had 26 and the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 119-103 on Monday night time.
”The primary 4 days or so, for lack of a greater phrase, it bothered me,” Tatum stated. ”It was on my thoughts. I used to be pondering, do I really feel OK, do I not really feel OK? Can I scent this? Does my chest damage? Or am I simply overthinking?”
Tatum stated he felt a bit drained within the first half. However he acquired a second wind.
He made three 3-pointers and had 5 assists over 31 minutes in his first look since Jan. 8.
Brown had one other stable recreation following his 33-point outing in Sunday’s romp over Cleveland.
Daniel Theis scored 19 factors and Marcus Sensible added 13 whereas tying a profession excessive with 11 assists because the Celtics gained their second straight.
Zach LaVine led Chicago with 30 factors and shot 6 of 10 on 3s. However he additionally dedicated six turnovers, giving him 13 previously two video games.
Lauri Markkanen scored 18. Thaddeus Younger simply missed a triple-double with 16 factors, 9 rebounds and 9 assists, however the Bulls dropped their second in a row after three consecutive wins.
”They’re all going to wish to learn to win,” coach Billy Donovan stated. ”I want I might snap my finger or pour one thing on it to make it simply occur. Nevertheless it does not work that method. Sadly, earlier than you win, there’s usually loads of struggling.”
Sensible scored 13 and Brown and Tatum added 11 factors every because the Celtics grabbed a 60-50 halftime lead.
Theis’ alley-oop dunk and layup within the ultimate 30 seconds despatched Boston to the locker room up by 10 and set off an 18-2 run.
Brown scored seven because the Celtics reeled off the primary 11 factors within the third quarter. Tatum answered a hook shot by Younger with a 3-pointer to make it 74-52, and the Celtics withstood just a few pushes by Chicago to return away with the win.
Celtics: G Kemba Walker was held out. The four-time All-Star performed the earlier 4 video games after lacking the primary 11 due to a left knee harm. … Boston was 15 of 29 on 3s, with Aaron Nesmith hitting three and ending with 9 factors. … Theis additionally had three steals and three blocks. … Tristan Thompson grabbed 10 rebounds. … Coach Brad Stevens stated Tatum wasn’t on a selected minutes restriction, although the Celtics weren’t going to let him attain the excessive 30s.
Bulls: C Wendell Carter Jr. (bruised proper quadriceps) shall be evaluated towards the top of the week after he missed his third consecutive recreation. Donovan stated Carter is bettering, although he hasn’t been taking part in any on-court actions. The Bulls are off till the Portland Path Blazers go to on Saturday. Their recreation at Memphis on Wednesday acquired known as off due to the Grizzlies’ COVID-19 points. … Otto Porter Jr. scored 13 factors and hit 4 3s. … The Bulls have been 4 of 10 from the foul line.
Celtics: Have been scheduled to go to DeMar DeRozan and the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. Whether or not the Celtics really make that journey was up within the air after Monday’s recreation between the Spurs and Pelicans was postponed as a result of the NBA decided neither group would have sufficient gamers out there. ”My thought can be we should always not fly there till we all know. That is the underside line. That is my solely thought going via my thoughts with all of the journey we have now arising,” Stevens stated.
Bulls: Chicago hosts Damian Lillard and the Path Blazers on Saturday.
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