Boston Celtics young budding star Jaylen Brown will not play versus the New Orleans Pelicans after suffering a hard fall during their recent loss at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks. Despite his struggles on offense, Brown has been the Celtics' starting shooting guard this season.
Jaylen Brown now officially is listed as out tonight.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) November 26, 2018
Jaylen Brown did not participate during the team's shootaround before he was ruled out. Brown is currently on the injury list with sore back issues.
Brown, 22, was voted by the Sports Illustrated staff as one of the top 50 NBA players heading into this season. There were talks before 2018 All-Star Weekend that the 6-foot-7 shooting guard could have earned a spot on the East All-Star team. That never happened, but Brown was an important subplot of the Celtics' rise to prominence last season.
The Celtics have been disappointing this year, though, and Brown's production has also taken a dip. Brown is shooting a woeful 25 percent from beyond the arc and is only racking up 11.1 points per game, almost four points below his average last season. His player efficiency rating has also gone down five points, an indication that Brown hasn't been as helpful as he was for the Celtics during his sophomore year.
Of course, the return of Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving has limited Brown's opportunities to create plays. At this point in time, the Celtics should consider drawing up more plays for Jaylen Brown for him to regain his confidence on the offensive end of the floor.