Markieff Morris and the Wizards dealt the Celtics’ their sixth loss in 11 games. With a 12-0 fourth quarter run complete, John Wall unloaded a shot from the right wing to attempt to cement Washington’s 106-99 lead. Morris finished the play, receiving a pass from Kelly Oubre off of the Wizards’ 14th offensive rebound to score inside.
Feet away, Jaylen Brown hopped on his left foot, attempting to block Oubre’s pass in what proved to be his final effort of the game. Brown felt pain in his achilles following Wednesday’s loss to the Heat and on that play, with just under two minutes remaining, appearing to receive a blow to his right leg before grabbing his right knee.
Brad Stevens could not update Brown’s condition in his post-game press conference and Brown did not speak to reporters after the game. He exited the locker room with the help of a crutch, a horrifying visual for a team burnt out by both injuries and an unforgiving schedule.
Brown’s status is in doubt against the Hornets on Wednesday, along with Semi Ojeleye’s. Marcus Morris is officially been ruled out following his Monday return from an eight game hiatus.
The team repeatedly downplays inquiries on the brutality of its schedule. Kyrie Irving said the team will be fine after the Wizards loss.
Jayson Tatum said teams lose, and that’s something that the Celtics must deal with, but that mentality can’t shield the mounting losses in terms of bodies on the roster.
Gordon Hayward broke his ankle on opening night, Marcus Smart managed a pair of ankle injuries in the opening week of the season and Morris’ knee has plagued him since the preseason. In total, he’s missed 19 games due to it this season, saying he can’t remember a distinct moment when he injured it. It has persisted, requiring the C’s to give him spot days off like tomorrow and two extended absences.
Then Brown’s achilles, Shane Larkin’s knee and Ojeleye’s back emerged as nagging concerns in the past week with a new concern emerging for Brown, who also dealt with eye irritation to begin December. Ojeleye attempted to play on Christmas, Stevens said, but ultimately could not. He suffered his injury against the Bulls over the weekend on a fall.
With the lack of depth, the Celtics have recalled Jabari Bird from the Red Claws to travel with the team to Charlotte, per Gary Washburn.