Monday, January 15, 2024

Jaylen Brown (knee) to sit out against Raptors

The Celtics will be without Jaylen Brown when they face the Toronto Raptors on the road Monday night, the team announced earlier today.

Brown sustained a hyperextension of this right knee in Boston's 145-113 win over the Houston Rockets Saturday and was downgraded from questionable Sunday to out. 

As the lone player on the injury list, Brown is coming off a 32-point performance on 11-of-15 shooting, including going 4-of-6 from deep. Despite off-court distractions of the return of former C's coach Ime Udoka to TD Garden for the first time since Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals, the All-Star wing was proud of the team in their victory.
"These are the moments that get you mentally prepared for deep playoff runs," Brown said in his postgame comments.
Brown, playing arguably the best basketball of his career, is averaging 23.4 points on 49.6% shooting, 5.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 37 games played so far, says he can still take it to another level as the season goes on.
"This is a beautiful game that we all get to watch and play," Brown said. "I'm having fun learning and trying to reach my full potential, on top of being a team guy, on top of making sure our guys are in the right spots and being the lead, it's been fun trying to figure out how to be the best version of Jaylen Brown and as the time has gone on, as the years have gone on, I feel like I've gotten better each and every year, and I don’t think that’s going to stop anytime soon."
The Celtics are a league-best 30-9, as they attempt to sweep their season-series (3-0) with the new-look Raptors (15-24), who acquired RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley from the New York Knicks for OG Anunoby over two weeks ago.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of Getty Images

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