Celtics star Tatum sidelined vs. Spurs with hip contusion

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Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) shoots against Indiana Pacers' Isaiah Jackson (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 24, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

BOSTON (AP) — Celtics star forward Jayson Tatum is out for Boston's game against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday with a left hip contusion.

The 25-year-old MVP candidate is averaging a team-leading 30.1 points per game, 8.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists. It’s just the sixth game he has missed this season.

In a 120-95 victory over Indiana on Friday, Tatum posted his 40th game of 30 or more points this season, setting a franchise record. He passed Hall of Famer Larry Bird, who had 39 30-point games during the 1987-88 season.

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Boston entered its matchup against the Spurs two games behind idle Milwaukee for the Eastern Conference’s best record. The Celtics are two games up on idle third-place Philadelphia.


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