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Jayson Tatum out of COVID protocol; could return Friday

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Jayson Tatum is set to return for the Celtics after testing positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 9. The forward is no longer in the NBA’s health and safety protocol list and could play as soon as Friday against the 76ers.

The Celtics forward tested positive to coronavirus following their trip to Miami which resulted in the postponement of Boston’s next three games due to contact tracing protocols.

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Head Coach Brad Stevens revealed on Wednesday that Jayson Tatum completed a brief workout in Boston on Tuesday and was expected to have another one on Wednesday, too.

“He worked out yesterday, real briefly,” Stevens said, per Boston.com. “I think he did some work back in Boston today. He feels great. He’s out of the protocol but now he has to ramp back up the activity.”

Tatum, who has had a strong start to the season with an average of 26.9 points per game, would be be available for Celtics’ clash against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

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The Celtics have a 1-1 record including a blowout loss to the New York Knicks in the games Tatum missed.

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