Is Jayson Tatum playing? Latest injury report for Raptors vs Celtics 12/29

The Raptors are facing long odds in this one.
Boston Celtics v Toronto Raptors
Boston Celtics v Toronto Raptors / Cole Burston/GettyImages

While some Toronto Raptors fans are looking at their matchup with the lowly Detroit Pistons with fearful eyes, it's easy to forget they have a road matchup against arguably the best team in the league coming down the pipeline before that infamous date with destiny.

Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics are as deep and complete a team as there is in the league, as evidenced by the fact they currently are at the very top of the Eastern Conference. The Raptors will see the two extremes in performance in their back-to-back to end the season.

The Raptors have beaten some of the best teams in the league this season, but the Celtics' blowout earlier in the year showed just how far away they are from being a contending squad. Will that loss be avenged by the new-look lineup or replicated due to a flawed roster?

Christian Koloko Injury Status for tonight’s Raptors vs. Celtics game

Once again, Koloko remains the only player on the Raptors' injury report. He has now missed one-third of his second season due to his respiratory condition. While he has progressed to on-court work, he is far away from seeing the court.

Jayson Tatum Injury Status for tonight’s Raptors vs. Celtics game

Tatum has officially been deemed a game-time decision due to an ankle injury, which could take an All-NBA performer and elite scorer out of the lineup for Boston. On the second night of a back-to-back, it might behoove Boston it be a bit on the cautious side with his injury.

Projected Starting Lineups Tonight


PG Scottie Barnes
SG Gary Trent Jr.
SF OG Anunoby
PF Pascal Siakam
C Jakob Poeltl


PG Derrick White
SG Jrue Holiday
SF Jaylen Brown
PF Jayson Tatum
C Kristaps Porzingis

Toronto Raptors next five opponents

The Raptors' schedule includes the dreaded matchup against the lowly Pistons before a Western Conference road trip against teams like Memphis, Sacramento, and Golden State.

Dec. 30 @ Detroit Pistons
Jan. 1 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Jan. 3 @ Memphis Grizzlies
Jan. 5 @ Sacramento Kings
Jan. 7 @ Golden State Warriors

Raptors injury report

Christian Koloko-OUT-Respiratory condition
Garrett Temple-DOUBTFUL-Ankle

Celtics injury report

Al Horford-OUT-REST
Kristaps Porzingis-DOUBTFUL-Calf
Jrue Holiday-QUESTIONABLE-Elbow