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Boston Celtics swingman Jayson Tatum suffered a left ankle sprain in Team USA’s win over Turkey and will miss the next two games in the FIBA World Cup.
That means Tatum has been ruled out for Thursday’s matchup vs. Japan and Saturday’s game against a to-be-determined opponent. He will have the ankle re-evaluated Monday.
Tatum rolled the ankle on Team USA’s final possession of a 93-92 overtime nail-biter on Tuesday. Just before the injury occurred, Tatum delivered a pass to Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks), who drove to the basket, got fouled and hit the decisive free throws.
Tatum finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. He tied the game with a pair of free throws of his own with 0.1 seconds left in regulation.
Shortly after the game, Tatum told reporters the ankle felt better and walked without a limp when leaving the arena.
The U.S. is 2-0 in Group E.