Jayson Tatum (ankle) questionable after MRI results negative

The Celtics announce Jayson Tatum’s MRI came back negative and list him as questionable for Friday’s game against the Hornets.

Tatum left Wednesday’s game in the first half against the Lakers due to right ankle soreness. He did not return and left the arena in a walking boot to “be safe.”

The results are a sigh of relief for a team that already lost their All-Star Gordon Hayward for the season and currently have another cornerstone in Al Horford sidelined. Horford is listed as out against Charlotte due to concussion protocol.

Selected No. 3 overall in the 2017 draft, the 19-year-old has impressed during the first few weeks of the season. He’s averaging 13.5 points, 6.0 rebounds per game and is shooting efficiently at 50 percent from the field (52.9 percent from long range).

In roughly 30 minutes per game, the former Duke star has played a key role in pushing the Celtics to the best record in the NBA. Boston went on to beat Los Angeles 107-96 for its 10th straight win.