NBA star Jayson Tatum injured as Team USA barely survives in OT against Turkey at FIBA World Cup
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- Team USA barely squeaked by Turkey at the FIBA World Cup on Tuesday, winning in overtime 93-92 thanks to some last-second heroics.
- While the Americans won, the team might have lost Celtics star Jayson Tatum in the process due to an ankle injury he suffered on the final play of the game.
- Tatum's injury could cause major problems for the already short-handed American team as the tournament progresses into the later stages.
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Team USA escaped with a win against Turkey at the FIBA World Cup on Tuesday but might have lost one of their best players in the process.The Americans were far from their dominant form of previous years, needing overtime and quite a bit of luck to avoid an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Turkish national team.
That final miss was enough of a lifeline for the Americans to grasp, with Jayson Tatum grabbing the rebound and driving upcourt. He dished the ball to Khris Middleton, who was fouled on his shot and drained his two free throws to give Team USA its second win of the group stage.But while the last-second heroics were a reason to celebrate, they came at a price for an already short-handed Team USA.
After dumping the ball off to Middleton, Tatum landed oddly on his ankle and could be seen limping out of the way of the play. He would be helped off the floor with a sprained left ankle, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.After the game, the severity of Tatum's injury was unclear. He's due to be re-evaluated on Wednesday.
Regardless of how severe the ankle injury is though, it is cause for concern for an American side that is already missing many of its best potential players, who have instead elected to rest up and train for the upcoming NBA season on their own.
They'll play Japan in their final game of the opening round of the tournament on Thrusday.Track sensation Matthew Boling was used as a ringer in a race between University of Georgia football players and coaches and recreated one of his iconic finishes
USA SURVIVES!- ESPN (@espn) September 3, 2019
Khris Middleton's free throws lift the United States over Turkey in the group stage of the FIBA Basketball World Cup! pic.twitter.com/eU5sAHlUwC
Here's Jayson Tatum's ankle injury at the end of Team USA's win over Turkey. pic.twitter.com/IrUadQz1DE- Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) September 3, 2019
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