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2019 FIBA World Cup: Team USA's Jayson Tatum to miss at least two games

By Connor Grott
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum suffered an ankle injury against Turkey on Tuesday night. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum suffered an ankle injury against Turkey on Tuesday night. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Boston Celtics star forward and Team USA standout Jayson Tatum will be sidelined for the next five days at the 2019 FIBA World Cup due to a sprained left ankle.

League sources told ESPN and the New York Times that Tatum was examined Wednesday and ruled out for at least the next two games at the World Cup due to the ankle ailment. He will be reevaluated Monday.

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Tatum turned his ankle in the closing seconds of overtime in Team USA's 93-92 victory over Turkey on Tuesday night. Before exiting the game, he notched a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds in 31 minutes.

The U.S. men's basketball team will play in its final pool play game Thursday against Japan. The Americans have already advanced to the second round, and Japan has already been eliminated.

Team USA will open play in the second round Saturday. The U.S. could face elimination Monday, the same day Tatum will be reevaluated.

Through two games at the World Cup, Tatum is averaging 10.5 points per game.

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