UPDATE: Dec. 30, 5:51 p.m. — Tatum is available to play in Wednesday’s game vs. the Grizzlies. Thompson remains sidelined. We don’t know if Tatum will be on a minutes limit but the fact he’s active should mean we see a normal workload.
Boston Celtics All-Star Jayson Tatum is dealing with a thumb injury and is questionable to play in Wednesday’s game vs. the Memphis Grizzlies. C Tristan Thompson is getting the night off to rest. The Celtics are on the second night of a back-to-back after defeating the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night. Tatum went for 27 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
Tristan Thompson is out and Jayson Tatum is questionable with a thumb sprain. https://t.co/XlFFY9S01A— Chris Grenham (@chrisgrenham) December 30, 2020
With Thompson already ruled out, let’s start there. Daniel Theis and Thompson had been starting at PF and C for Boston to start the season. Theis should slide over to C and pick up additional minutes. The Time Lord is back, Robert Williams ($4,100) will most likely get some run from Brad Stevens.
Tatum being out opens up a world of possibilities. He had been taking up around 31.7 percent of the usage through four games. If Tatum sits, Jaylen Brown ($7,300) probably becomes a lock. Brown is averaging 24.5 points per game in four games with Tatum soaking up that much of the ball. Plus, there’s positive regression with Brown shooting 26.7 percent from beyond the arc, well below his career average of 36.9 percent.
Javonte Green is also out and got 21 minutes against Indiana the other night. He actually matters a decent amount. Jeff Teague ($3,900) and Payton Pritchard ($3,400) have both played well and will be popular value options.
The Celtics are still -4.5 on the spread and might be without their best player. The Grizzlies just lost Ja Morant, so it sort of balances itself out. The Grizz offer value getting that many points if Tatum is going to sit. Marcus Smart is sort of banged up and the Celtics are still figuring things out on defense.