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Brad Stevens indicates that Jayson Tatum is likely to play in Game 3 Friday

Jayson Tatum is escorted from the court after getting poked in the eye early in the second half.Kathy Willens/Associated Press

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday that All-Star forward Jayson Tatum’s eye injury is unlikely to keep him out of Game 3 of the team’s opening-round playoff series against the Nets on Friday night.

Tatum was inadvertently poked in the eye by Nets star Kevin Durant three minutes into the second half of Brooklyn’s 130-108 Game 2 win Tuesday. He went to the locker room for an examination, then returned to the bench a few minutes later, but Stevens said the glare from the arena’s lights made it difficult for him to focus. Tatum soon went back to the locker room and did not return to the court.


“The last I heard was that he was doing better and that Friday looked probable at that time [late Tuesday night],” Stevens said during his weekly appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub. “But you never know how guys are going to get up and react and how it’s going to feel today and everything else. But they felt pretty good about him being able to go.”

Tatum had just 9 points on 3-for-12 shooting in that loss and is 9 for 32 from the field in this series.

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