Celtics’ Jaylen Brown doubtful for Game 1 against 76ers
Jaylen Brown is doubtful for Game 1 of the Boston Celtics’ Eastern Conference semifinals playoff series with the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
Brown hurt his hamstring in Game 7 of the Celtics’ win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday and did not play in the second half. Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said on Saturday that he did not want to take chances with the health of a young player like Brown, which is why he didn’t play in the second half of that game. It would make sense then that the team would play things cautiously against Philly.
“The last email I saw [from trainers is] that [Brown] still has some soreness,” Stevens said Sunday, via ESPN’s Chris Forsberg. “Didn’t try to do anything, that I know of, running-wise today. He did have some testing, and that looked good, thankfully. Doubtful for tomorrow. But I guess he could play … [and] it looks like it could be something that allows him to play as the series goes on.”
Brown said on Saturday that he had a grade 1 hamstring strain.
Jaylen Brown on hamstring: "It’s a little sore. It could be worse. I’m told it was Grade 1. I’ll get an MRI tomorrow, see how it feels and go from there."
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Brown has been excellent this postseason, twice scoring 30 points against the Bucks. He averaged 17.9 points on 46.7 percent shooting for the series.