Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum is still feeling the effects of COVID-19 but luckily he is close to returning to 100 perce.t "Close," Tatum said, after scoring 32 points, along with nine rebounds and five assists, in a 116-115 Boston victory in Portland, when asked whether he's back to 100 percent.
"Very close. "It's a process. It takes a long time. I take an inhaler before the game since I've tested positive. This has kind of helped with that and opened up my lungs, and, you know, I never took an inhaler before.
So that's something different. "I for sure feel better now than I did a month ago." Tatum has had problems with breathing over the last month and he has been using the inhaler. "There's no exact timetable," Tatum said.
"[It's] just when I feel comfortable enough and I think I don't need it."
Tatum believes in the Celtics
The Celtics haven't enjoyed a great season so far as they sit at No. 5 on the Eastern Conference standings with a 29-26 record.
"I don't think our record shows what kind of team that we are," Tatum said. "I think even though it's been a weird year, obviously we've dealt with some, excuse me, a bunch of things obviously. Stuff, a lot of guys tested positive, certain guys have been injured.
But you know right now for the most part, we're missing Evan [Fournier]. But most of the guys, they're healthy. I just like the way that we're playing. Every game is important right now, and we know it's kind of coming down to the stretch.
"Obviously, we want to win. But I think for myself, us, playing the right way and feeling good about ourselves. We're not going to win every game, but I think we're playing the right way and we're for sure trending in the right direction."
Tatum has picked up his form over the last few games and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens is happy about it. "This is about the time, number of games, where last year he started taking off," Stevens said. "And you can kind of see that in the last so many weeks.
You can kind of see he's really into a rhythm of knowing what he wants to do on a given possession and also where his opportunities are going to come from. And, again, it helps when they have all four of those guys out there because then you just can't load up on him like maybe earlier in the year at times."