Jaylen Brown’s return for Game 2 remains bleak, as Brad Stevens told reporters Wednesday that the second-year wing is doubtful for Thursday’s second round playoff battle with Philadelphia.
#NEBHInjuryReport: Jaylen Brown (hamstring) is doubtful for Game 2, according to Brad Stevens.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 2, 2018
#Celtics coach Brad Stevens: Jaylen Brown's injury not serious, but could make it worse if he comes back too early so want to make sure he comes back at right time. Could still play in Game 2 pending tomorrow's tests. Will not do much in practice today.— Scott Souza (@Scott_Souza) May 2, 2018
Brown reportedly said that he’d be back for Game 2 after imploring team doctors to let him play in Game 1. The Celtics remain cautious with his hamstring, a type of injury that is notoriously complex in re-aggravation.
Al Horford said he spoke with Brown about his injury. He told him that the team needs him back but that they need him more in the long run than right now. Boston took care of the Sixers without Brown in Game 1 with a 117-101 win Monday night.
However, if Brown’s tests go well and the team’s medical staff clears him to play, we’ll likely see him in the starting lineup again.
The Celtics and Sixers tip off Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at 8:30 p.m. EST as Boston goes for a 2-0 series lead.