Monday, April 1, 2024

Jaylen Brown ruled out against Hornets with hand injury

No, it's not an April Fools' Day joke, but the Celtics will be without Jaylen Brown when they face the Charlotte Hornets Monday night at the Spectrum Center.

The All-Star wing was downgraded from questionable to out with a left hand sprain earlier in the day. Kristaps Porzingis (hamstring) was upgraded to available and Jaden Springer is set to miss his third straight game with left knee tendinopathy.

According to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe, Joe Mazzulla said there is no concern with Brown's hand and the day off is simply only precautionary.

Brown is fresh off a 17-point, seven rebound and six assist-performance in the C's 104-92 victory over the Pelicans over the weekend. The 6-foot-6 forward played some impressive defense on Zion Williamson -- limiting him to 4-of-11 shooting and four turnovers in the final three quarters.

It was after the game that Brown spoke about the left hand injury he sustained when he stripped Williamson and lost his footing on a wet spot during a missed layup attempt -- while Derrick White cleaned it up, Brown was on the floor grabbing his left wrist.
"I'm gonna get that looked at when I get back to Boston. But it's been bothering me for a little bit now," Brown said in his postgame comments.
The Celtics, who are a league-best 58-16 and have secured home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs, look to wrap up their season-high six-game road trip (3-2) on a positive note. Tip-off against the Hornets is set for 7:00 pm ET.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of USA Today

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