Are Jayson Tatum Kristaps Porzingis playing today? Boston Celtics injury updates for Sacramento Kings matchup

Hardwood Houdini has the latest Boston Celtics injury updates for Jayson Tatum and Kristaps Porzingis ahead of their December 20 matchup against the Kings.
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The Boston Celtics faltered in the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors on December 19, blowing their lead and allowing the Dubs to take the W in overtime at the Chase Center on the first night of a back-to-back.

Against the B2B's second leg against the Sacramento Kings on December 20, the Cs have two major injury question marks that could dramatically sway the action.

Kristaps Porzingis should play for Boston Celtics against Kings after missing Warriors matchup

Kristaps Porzingis, who missed Monday's matchup in San Francisco, should be good to go in Sacramento. As the Latvian big man noted, he's being sat out by Joe Mazzulla and the Celtics' training staff for precautionary reasons -- and the precautions have already been taken given his sitting out against Golden State.

“To be honest, it was just a cautionary thing,” Porzingis said of sitting out against the Orlando Magic on December 15 (h/t MassLive). “Not playing a back-to-back. But it felt good. Felt good enough that I could have played. It’s just I think the medical staff is taking a more cautious approach, especially the first couple weeks coming back from the calf.”

Jayson Tatum advised not to play against Sacramento

Jayson Tatum, on the other hand, has not taken the same precautions after rolling his ankle in the first quarter against the Warriors. Tatum left for a brief period but ended up playing 41 minutes, including overtime, in the 132-126 loss. His status is unclear, but some think he shouldn't play against the Kings.

"The injury obviously wasn’t severe enough to keep Tatum from playing, but the Celtics might want to sit the 25-year-old out of their next game," NESN's Adam London suggested. "Wednesday night’s tilt in Sacramento marks the second leg of a back-to-back and precedes the final two games of Boston’s West Coast road trip, which includes a Christmas Day collision with the Los Angeles Lakers."