Jaylen Brown gave the Boston Celtics quite a scare after he rolled his right ankle on Tuesday against the Atlanta Hawks. Fortunately, the injury doesn’t seem to be too severe as compared to how it looked.
After the game, which the Celtics managed to survive even without Brown after he was ruled out, head coach ime udoka provided some critical update about the injury of the 25-year-old guard. According to Udoka, Brown still wanted to go back to the game despite the injury before they opted to keep him out to make sure he wouldn’t reaggravate it.
The Celtics tactician noted that the injury is still sore and swollen, but he is hoping it is not a long-term issue. Boston plans to re-evaluate Brown in the next couple of days, though his status for Thursday’s showdown with the Memphis Grizzlies remain uncertain.
Coach Udoka says Jaylen Brown’s ankle is still a bit sore and swollen after rolling it in the first quarter. Jaylen wanted to come back and play, but was kept out to be safe. He’ll be evaluated over the next couple of days.
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Still, this is good news for Jayson Tatum and the rest of the Celtics. The fact that Jaylen Brown wanted to come back was a good sign that the issue is manageable and not too serious.
Of course it might take time to recover from ankle injuries, but it doesn’t seem the Boston wing star would be out for a long time.
The Celtics need every help they can get as they try to secure the sixth seed for automatic playoff qualification. Brown is an integral part of their success, and it will be a huge blow if he’s out long term.