Jayson Tatum walks up the court at TD Garden

Pregame Post-Ups: The Latest on Tatum's Ankle

Marc D'Amico
Team Reporter and Analyst

Jayson Tatum will miss tonight’s matchup with the Washington Wizards with a sprained left ankle. This absence comes after the star wing was listed as questionable Wednesday night due to the same issue.

Despite the lingering ankle sprain, Tatum was able to play in both Wednesday’s and Friday’s victories. During those contests, he totaled 67 points over 68 minutes of action. On Sunday, however, it was deemed that his ankle needed time to recover.

A timetable for his return is to be determined.

Interim head coach Joe Mazzulla was asked prior to Sunday’s game if Tatum will be available tomorrow night against Charlotte. The coach was noncommittal in his response.

“I think it just depends,” he said. “We’ll collaborate on what we think’s important for him and our team in the short-term and long-term.”

Tonight’s game will be the first missed game of the season for Tatum. Up to this point, he had played in all 19 games while ranking seventh in the league in minutes per game (36.9) and sixth in the league in scoring average (30.5).

In his absence, other players are sure to be asked to take on a heavier load at the offensive end of the floor. That group begins with Jaylen Brown, who also ranks in the top 20 of the league in scoring with an average of 25.6 points per game. Marcus Smart and Malcolm Brogdon are also likely to be asked to create more offense for Boston in Tatum’s absence.