Jaylen Brown’s final status vs. Clippers amid knee issue
Brown’s return is welcome for Boston, who have escaped with victories in their past two games but struggled throughout the month of February. In fact, their two recent victories — 118-112 over the Indiana Pacers on Friday, then 111-110 over the Washington Wizards on Sunday — marked the team’s first winning streak since mid-January.
Brown was a late scratch for the Wizards matchup, and was initially listed as “questionable” for the Clippers clash.
Amid Boston’s relatively turbulent 2020-21 campaign, the fifth-year wing is having a career season. Brown is averaging 25.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, and four assists per game. He’s shooting 49.6 percent from the field, and 38.5 percent from beyond-the-arc, in addition to his reliably elite defense against multiple positions.
Last week, the impressive 24-year old was justifiably selected to his first-career All-Star Game, which will take place in his native Atlanta on Sunday.
Entering Tuesday, the Celtics sit 17-17, tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference.
They’ll certainly need Brown’s two-way excellence against L.A.’s All-Star wing duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
The Clippers will be playing the fourth game of a five-game pre-All Star break road swing. Los Angeles (24-12) has dropped two of their first three games on the trip, most recently falling 105-100 to the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum on Sunday.