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Tatum becomes ninth Boston player to enter NBA health & safety protocols

The Boston Celtics have nine players in NBA health and safety protocols after star forward Jayson Tatum became the latest on the list.

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Tatum becomes ninth Boston player to enter NBA health & safety protocols
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Jayson Tatum has entered NBA health and safety protocols and will miss the Boston Celtics' game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.

Tatum joins eight fellow Celtics players on the list after 13 were sidelined due to covid-19 protocols recently.

Players must wait 10 days or return two negative covid-19 tests within 24 hours of each other before they are allowed to return to action.

Dec 22, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Dean Wade (32) in the half quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 22, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Dean Wade (32) in the half quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY SportsDavid Butler IIUSA TODAY Sports

Tatum contracted covid-19 in January and was out of action for a short period before returning, when he explained he was suffering long-term effects of having the virus, requiring an inhaler for some time.

The forward leads the Celtics in scoring (25.6) and rebounds (8.6 – level with Robert Williams) per game and is also averaging 3.8 assists and 1.0 steals in a strong season for the 23-year-old.

His absence for the Timberwolves game was announced by the Celtics on their official Twitter page.

The Celtics are ninth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 16-17 and have lost six of their last nine games ahead of their clash with the Timberwolves, who are ninth themselves in the Western Conference.

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