The Miami Heat took a 2-1 lead in Game 3 of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals after beating the Boston Celtics 109-103 at TD Garden, recovering the home-court advantage against the Greens. It was another great night for the Floridian team, even though they lost Jimmy Butler to an injury.
It was a very turbulent night for the Heat due to Butler's injury, but he wasn't the only one that went down. At some point, Jayson Tatum appeared to have hurt his shoulder and had to leave the game for a little before returning and finishing the game.
Initially, it looked like it was something serious for Tatum, but he quickly came back to the court, raising some eyebrows in the process. Fox Sports analyst Nick Wright even remembered one situation where a player was injured and then returned as if nothing happened.
Wright mentioned the 'wheelchair incident' of Paul Pierce and even suggested that Jayson Tatum could have suffered the same injury as The Truth did many years ago:
So can someone explain what happened to Tatum + his reaction + him missing approximately 90 seconds to me without using the words “Paul Pierce” and “wheelchair”?
A lot has been said about what actually happened to Paul Pierce during that time, especially with the player offering contradictory versions. First, he admitted he pooped himself, only to clarify that never happened.
Regardless, that moment is still remembered around the NBA community, and fans are still trying to find a solution to that. It seems like the TD Garden can make those things happen to its players, adding Tatum to this shortlist.
In the end, Tatum didn't play as well as expected, only recording 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. He knows he must do better if the Celtics want to return to Miami with a good chance to come back in the series. Hopefully, for them, things will go smoothly, without any reason to be concerned, especially regarding the health of the players.