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Jayson Tatum leaves Celtics game vs. Heat with dislocated pinky, but later returns

John Tomase
December 20, 2017 - 8:11 pm

Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum, the NBA's leading 3-point shooter, left Wednesday's game against the Heat with a dislocated right pinky after being stepped on while diving for a loose ball, but was taped up and later returned to action.

Tatum had just scored with a Kevin McHale-esque up-and-under on the left baseline in the first quarter when a pass scooted away from Heat forward Josh Richardson. Tatum dove to swat the ball towards teammate Jaylen Brown, who ended up with a layup, but as he reached out his right hand, Richardson kicked it.

Tatum immediately grimaced and stayed on the floor. Replays showed his right pinky bent in an unnatural direction. He returned to the locker room and was taped up by the training staff before returning to the bench and re-entering the game at the start of the second quarter.

The injury is still worth watching, because Tatum is leading the NBA with .515 shooting percentage on 3-pointers. For one night, at least, he'll be attempting to shoot with his pinky taped to his ring finger.

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