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Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum still fighting COVID issues

Apr 7, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) brings the ball up past half court over the Celtics logo during the third quarter against the New York Knicks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics All-Star Jayson Tatum continues to use an inhaler while recuperating from COVID-19.

Tatum, 23, knocked down the game-sealing 3-pointer to beat the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, capping a 32-point night. But he said postgame he’s still very much in recovery mode.

“It’s a process. It takes a long time,” he said. “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.”

It was the fourth win in a row for the Celtics, who are 6-1 this month. Tatum is on a personal tear, too, averaging 29.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game in April.

The fourth-year forward doesn’t know if he’ll need to keep his inhaler handy the rest of the way with Boston climbing the East standings. The Celtics were fifth in the conference playoff picture entering Wednesday.

“There’s no exact timetable,” Tatum said. “Just when I feel comfortable enough and I think I don’t need it.”

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–Field Level Media