Jaylen Brown injury: “knee swelled a bit” for Celtics forward who will face day to day after missing Wizards game

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The Celtics will be without All-Star swingman Jaylen Brown for Sunday’s game against the Washington Wizards due to knee pain as he continues to battle an illness that has slowed him down in recent weeks.

The Celtics demoted Brown from questionable to absent for the opening 7 p.m. tip Sunday night. Brad Stevens called it day to day before Sunday’s game. Marcus Smart (calf) and Romeo Langford (wrist) also stay away from the squad, as expected.

“Jaylen is going out tonight,” Stevens said. “He was in pain yesterday, his knee exploded a bit. Much day to day. But it will come out tonight.

Brown has suffered from left knee pain for much of the past month. He had previously missed two games during the team’s trip to the West Coast against the Clippers and Kings while facing increased pain with the Celtics 1-1 in those games.

Brown is averaging 25.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 33.8 minutes per game over the year, but periods of pain in his knees have hampered part of his production for much of it. the last two months. This led to a drop in his efficiency in February, during which Brown shoots 44.3% from the field and just 30.9% from the 3-point range, a steep drop from his averages of season.

“It’s tough, but you’ll never hear me make an excuse,” Brown said of the added responsibility earlier this week. “It’s just not me. So no matter what the adversity, as a unit we individually face injury, COVID, whatever, we always have to find a way to win through it all. We have had opportunities and we do not have any.

Before missing Sunday’s game, the Celtics had relied heavily on Brown amid other key injuries on the wing from Smart and Langford that left the Celtics’ depth chart shorthanded. He averaged 34.8 minutes per game, a season-high, in February, including 37 on Friday night against the Pacers. Stevens says he’ll keep a close eye on his other stars’ minutes even with Brown before the all-star break.

“We’re going to do pretty much what we did, in terms of the minutes,” Stevens said. “I’m not going to do Kemba’s too much, Jayson was our best minute player, and I don’t want to have to go as high as we did but obviously there is a challenge that comes with that when one of those guys came out. “

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