Celtics’ Jayson Tatum will play vs. Wizards despite illness

Will the Celtics be without their star?

Celtics' Jayson Tatum with question marks

The Boston Celtics own the league’s best record at 39-12 overall. With just four games remaining until the All-Star break, Jayson Tatum and the C’s are set to host the Washington Wizards in TD Garden on Friday night. However, Tatum’s status for this game appears to be in question.

As of Friday afternoon, Tatum was listed as questionable to play due to an undisclosed illness.

Since then, the Celtics have upgraded Tatum’s status and he will play against the Wizards despite his ailment.

In a total of 48 games, Tatum has had yet another spectacular season.

Tatum, who was named an All-Star starter representing the Eastern Conference in next weekend’s All-Star Game, is averaging 26.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game while shooting 47.1 percent from the floor and 36.4 percent from three-point range.

The 25-year-old ranks 11th in the league in scoring and tied for sixth in total points scored with Golden State Warriors two-time MVP Stephen Curry entering the day.

Many talents around the league have been added to the injury report as of late due to an illness that seems to be making its way around from team to team. Tatum is the latest star to land on the injury report with said ailment.

With none of their starters on the injury report, the Celtics will take on the struggling Wizards with what has been the league’s best starting group of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Kristaps Porzingis, Derrick White, and Jrue Holiday.

Veteran big man Al Horford will be the first man off the bench yet again. Newly acquired Xavier Tillman Sr. and Jaden Springer have joined the team in Boston, but neither player will suit up for Friday’s game.

A win over Washington would make the Celtics the first team in the league to cross the 40-win mark this season.

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