TD GARDEN — Brad Stevens defended his decision to play his starters so much in a meaningless regular season game after both Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum left the game with injuries. Stevens also provided injury updated on Smart and Tatum.
“Tatum had a shin contusion that, evidently, he had before the game and I didn’t know about it,” said Stevens. “He just said it felt a little off when he jumped so hopefully it’s nothing major but he’ll get checked out tonight and tomorrow and we’ll go from there.”
Stevens did not have a good answer when asked why Tatum hadn’t revealed the injury.
“It was never told to me as it was something that would keep him from playing,” said Stevens. “He did the whole shoot-around [on Sunday] morning he got warmed up, he did his whole workout, he felt great. I don’t know, for whatever reason, when he jumped in the first quarter, he felt it. I don’t know what it was.”
“Marcus Smart has an oblique bruise, which means he got hit right there,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. “And so I guess that’s better than — I don’t know whether it would be called a strain or whatever. But we’ll see what that looks like [Monday]. He was a little sore but was walking around, which was good, in the locker room.”
ON WHY HE PLAYED STARTERS AT ALL:
“The point of tonight was to try to — because we probably won’t play ’til Saturday, maybe Sunday — was to get a true kind of game for some of our starters, and our top sevens or eight guys,” Stevens said after the game. “But those guys will play a lot less on Tuesday, if at all.”
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