Celtics star Jaylen Brown rolls ankle in win over Hawks
By Ryan Ward
Over the last few weeks, the Boston Celtics have progressively moved up the Eastern Conference standings.
However, the franchise was dealt a tough blow after star guard Jaylen Brown suffered an ankle sprain in Tuesday’s win over the Atlanta Hawks. Following the contest, head coach Ime Udoka voiced optimism that Brown won’t miss a significant playing time.
“[He] rolled it,” Udoka said via ESPN. “Got some swelling and soreness, obviously. He tried to give it a go in the back and wanted to come back out and play, [but] just decided big picture, where we’re at in the season and be smart. So we’ll know more over the next few days.”
The injury occurred in the first quarter after Brown lost his footing, landing on his lege awkwardly. He remained on the floor for an extended period before getting up under his own power.
Brown has been putting together a highly productive campaign averaging 23.7 points and 6.3 rebounds. He’s provided a strong supporting scoring punch alongside star forward Jayson Tatum.
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The two have formed a dynamic duo that has worked through the early-season issues. Boston sits in the sixth overall spot in the Eastern Conference standings behind a 37-27 record, winning out of their previous 10 games.
Brown’s absence will place more of the offensive onus on Tatum to lead the charge. He’s averaging a team-best 25.9 points but is shooting career lows at 43.3% from the field and 32.9% from 3-point range.
The Celtics should receive more clarity on the extent of Brown’s injury in the coming days.