Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum practiced Thursday and will be ready for Game 3 against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, according to coach Brad Stevens.
Tatum exited Game 2 with 8 minutes 48 seconds left in the third quarter when Nets star Kevin Durant accidentally hit him in the eye.
Before leaving, Tatum’s problems in the second half of Game 1, in which he missed all six of his field goal attempts, carried over to Game 2 as he finished with a lousy 3 of 12 from the field in 21 minutes and he left with nine points. He was the only Celtics starter to finish the game in single digits and was the worst of the game.
Meanwhile, Celtics point guard Kemba Walker was listed as questionable for Friday’s third game against the Nets with a bruise to the medial bone of his left knee.
Walker had dealt with left knee problems since last season.
The Celtics are already without another All-Star, Jaylen Brown, who will be out for the rest of the season after undergoing wrist surgery last week.
After Brooklyn controlled each of the first two games in this series, it will travel to Boston for Game 3 on Friday night and Game 4 on Sunday. The Celtics will be the latest team to see the number of fans in their arena increase dramatically for those games, just in time for Nets star Kyrie Irving to return to Boston for a game with fans for the first time since joining. it was as a free agent two years ago.