The Celtics finally scanned Jaylen Brown’s right thumb after he sprained it in a collision with Markieff Morris against the Pistons on Wednesday. The staff didn’t have time to fully assess the injury that night as the C’s quickly took off for Milwaukee to face the Bucks on Thursday.
That scan showed no tear, and Brown is feeling better, per Brad Stevens. He’ll miss Saturday’s game against the Suns nonetheless. Marcus Smart, who’s probable to play after rolling his left ankle while scoring 24 points against Milwaukee, joined him among the wounded. As did Kemba Walker, who’s questionable with a sore left knee.
Jaylen Brown out again but scan showed no issues. He was close to playing.— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) January 18, 2020
It’s been a loaded injury report lately for the Hospital Celtics. Jayson Tatum missed Wednesday’s game, then Brown sprained his thumb, forcing him to wear a glove on his right hand at shootaround on Saturday. Daniel Theis remains on the report with right knee pain.
Robert Williams will miss his 20th straight game with a bone edema in his left hip. He’s expected to miss the remaining Celtics games through the all-star break. The hit to Boston’s depth comes at a time when they’ll play 14 games in the next 28 days before that break.
Perhaps the most startling news out of shootaround was Gordon Hayward’s admission that his left foot continues to be a problem. It’s the same foot below where he broke his ankle in 2017 and it began hurting before the Spurs game on Nov. 9 where he broke his hand. After returning from that injury, his foot pain forced him to miss three games from Dec. 18-22.
“Some days are diamond, some days are stone,” Hayward said today. “I think a lot of it is what Milwaukee did, too, to try to take away a lot of things.”
Hayward had played well, scoring 15.4 points per game on 50.4% shooting in 12 games since. Then against the Bucks on Thursday he did not enter the paint on any shot attempt and finished 1-for-10 with seven points in a game the Celtics lost by five in after trailing by 28.
“My foot is still an ongoing issue,” he said. “I think it’s going to be an ongoing issue for a little while, so it is what it is ... the night before I had a good game. So, the foot’s going to be there, but it’s not going to be the reason. At least not yet.”