Tatum exited the sport with 8 minutes, 48 seconds to go within the third quarter when he was by chance poked within the eye by Nets star Kevin Durant, inflicting Tatum to stumble to the bottom and switch the ball over. Tatum went to the locker room, and whereas he finally returned to the bench, he was later dominated out for the remainder of the sport.
The Nets gained 130-108 to take a 2-0 sequence lead.
“He went again out on the court docket [and] tried to readjust to the sunshine on the market, and he was actually struggling,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens stated of Tatum. “He obtained scratched fairly good. It appears to be like fairly crimson, it appears to be like fairly swollen to me.
“I do not know what which means. I do not know what the precise prognosis is. However he is uncomfortable proper now.”
Earlier than exiting, Tatum’s struggles from the second half of Sport 1, by which he missed all six of his area aim makes an attempt, carried over to Sport 2, as he completed a dismal 3-for-12 from the sphere and with 9 factors in 21 minutes. He was the one Celtics starter to complete the sport with single-digit factors and was a game-worst minus-28.
The Celtics had been already with out their different All-Star, Jaylen Brown, who’s out for the remainder of the season after present process wrist surgical procedure final week.
Inexperienced, in the meantime, left the sport within the second quarter and was later dominated out for the rest of the sport due to a bruised left foot.
After Brooklyn managed every of the primary two video games of this sequence, it is going to shift again to Boston for Sport 3 on Friday evening and Sport 4 on Sunday. The Celtics would be the newest group to see the variety of followers of their constructing dramatically improve for these video games, simply in time for Nets star Kyrie Irving to make his return to Boston for a sport with followers for the primary time since leaving as a free agent two years in the past.