Jayson Tatum, who reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month, doesn’t appear on the latest injury report and will return to the Celtics‘ lineup on Monday night in Chicago, as Chris Mannix of SI.com tweets.
Tatum last played on Jan. 8, when he scored 32 points vs. Washington. A day later, word broke that the 22-year-old entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols, with a subsequent report indicating he tested positive for COVID-19.
Tatum ultimately only missed five games for Boston, since three other contests on the schedule during his absence were postponed. The team went 2-3 without its All-NBA forward in the lineup.
In his first 10 games of 2020-21, Tatum appeared poised to enjoy a career year. His 26.9 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 3.8 APG, and .438 3PT% so far this season would all be career bests.
Although the Celtics will have Tatum back Monday, they’ll be without Kemba Walker, who will sit out the second half of a back-to-back set for injury management purposes.