Ailing ankle keeps Tatum out for Pistons matchup


BOSTON — Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum missed Monday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons because of a right ankle injury.

It’s the fourth time the team’s leading scorer will be sidelined this season.

Tatum, who is averaging a team-best 27.1 points and 8.3 rebounds a game, joined Jrue Holiday (right shoulder contusion) as the two starters missing for the Celtics (53-14).

Boston, which has the best record in the league, sat three starters in Sunday night’s 26-point win at Washington. Derrick White (sprained left hand), Kristaps Porzingis (strained right hamstring) and Jaylen Brown (sprained right ankle) all missed that game.

Brown and Porzingis were back in the lineup for Monday’s game against the Pistons. Porzingis missed the past five games with a strained right hamstring.

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