Duke basketball star dominant in return from COVID-19 diagnosis

Duke basketball star Jayson Tatum (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)
Duke basketball star Jayson Tatum (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) /

A Duke basketball star was sensational in his return from COVID-19. 

The NBA continues its battle with trying to complete its regular season while keeping all players and coaches safe and healthy, but one former Duke basketball standout made a triumphant return from his COVID-19 diagnosis.

Former Blue Devil Seth Curry showed no signs of rust in his return from the coronavirus over the weekend against the shorthanded Boston Celtics.

Those Celtics continued to get close to full strength on Monday night as All-Star Jayson Tatum returned from a positive COVID-19 test.

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Tatum had not played since January 8 against the Washington Wizards and looked like an MVP candidate before his departure. He picked up where he left off on Monday against the Chicago Bulls.

The St. Louis native was back in the starting lineup against Chicago and logged 31 minutes, finishing with 24 points, four rebounds, five assists, and a block on 10-of-21 shooting from the field and 3-of-6 from three-point territory.

Boston prevailed over the Bulls, 119-103.

Jayson Tatum is now averaging 26.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game while shooting 47.4-percent from the field and 44.2-percent from three-point range through 11 games this season.

Hall of Famer praises former Duke basketball standout

After Boston’s victory over Chicago, Tatum shared a video on Twitter where NBA Hall of Famer Allen Iverson praised the game of the former Blue Devil and compared aspects of his game to Kobe Bryant.

However, the one thing that Tatum still has yet to do is get his hair cut, something that he mentioned on his social media pages while he remained in quarantine.

Boston was one of the several teams that have been impacted with postponed games due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

Jayson Tatum and the Celtics are scheduled to be back on the floor on Wednesday, January 27 against the San Antonio Spurs at 8:30pm EST.

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