BOSTON – Celtics star Jason Tatum said he’s still dealing with the effects of COVID-19, more than a month after he tested positive for the virus.
I think it’s a little hard for you to breathe, Tatum said after the team’s game Tuesday afternoon before the Denver Nuggets game. I’ve had a few races where I, I don’t want to say I had breathing problems, but, you know, you get tired a lot faster than normal.
If you only run a few times on the course, you’ll get tired faster and catch your breath quicker. I’ve noticed it since I got VIDOC. It’s just something I’m working on.
He’s improved since the first game, but I still run into him occasionally.
Tatum, who is averaging 25.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 21 games this season, missed five games – most this week the Celtics had to rest because they didn’t have enough players – after he tested positive for COVID-19 in early January.
Because he was murdered on the 25th. Janvier is back in Chicago, his levels are significantly lower than before he got sick. In the 10 games Tatum played before his retirement, he averaged 26.9 points on 47.4% shooting and 43.8% on 3-pointers. In the 11 games he has played since returning, he has averaged 24.5 points per game with 42.7% shot and 36.5% on 3-pointers.
Since his return, Tatum’s minutes have increased slightly from 34.6 to 36 minutes per game.
Tatum said he had talked to Celtics coach Brad Stevens about how he felt and that his breathing problems were not permanent. They come and go, and he battles them while playing a short NBA schedule – all while averaging 35.3 minutes per game, a record in his career.
That’s what we talked about, Tatum said. And it’s not like a game where I feel it all the time. There are a few areas where the breathing is a little weak, and I talk to the medical staff and the management staff about that. It’s definitely gotten better since the first game I came to play.
I think it’s a long process. I have talked to other people who have been through this and they say they have been through the same thing and it gets better over time. But no matter how we play, I think it’s going to take a little longer.
Jason Tatum explained that he gets tired much faster than normal because he is still experiencing the side effects of taking COVID-19. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
Prior to Tuesday night’s game against Denver, Boston has lost four of its last five games and seven of its last 10, dropping to .500. Most of this section was done without Marcus Smart, who came out with a calf strain. Meanwhile, star Kemba Walker is only half-available due to ongoing knee problems, and sophomore Romeo Langford has yet to rest this season due to wrist surgery.
As a result, Stevens relied heavily on Tatum and Jaylen Brown, his two young star wingers, to close the gap. In addition to Tatum dealing with the lingering effects of COVID-19, Brown recently missed two games due to knee tendinitis.
According to Stevens, it is difficult to keep the number of minutes balanced when the team is already struggling and struggling with a lack of depth on the wings.
Sometimes my 15-year-old son asks me when I’m coming home …. Why isn’t Tatum here? Why isn’t Brown here? After all, they have to stay out for a day, Stevens said with a laugh before Sunday’s loss in Washington. You can’t have these guys playing 48 minutes every night, can you? So you’re balanced.
We just have to do our best, like you said, to handle the big look and play ourselves. And it’s a challenge. It’s a real challenge when you’re a team that’s basically a .500 team, and it goes back and forth, and you’re not necessarily behind, you’re not really making a division, you’re just, you know, one of many. Hopefully you can get to the point where that balance is a little better.
But I will say this: It’s much easier to make this balance when you have 10 games over 500, or when you have 15 games over 500, or in any other case. But it’s something we need to pay attention to.