NBA: Celtics’ Tatum still fighting COVID issues — ‘It’s a process’

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Posted at Apr 15 2021 07:12 AM | Updated as of Apr 15 2021 07:21 AM

NBA: Celtics’ Tatum still fighting COVID issues — ‘It’s a process’ 1
Tatum continues to use an inhaler while recuperating from COVID-19. "You know, I never took an inhaler before," he says. Paul Rutherford, USA Today Sports/Reuters

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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