Jaylen Brown was already playing with two sore ankles against the Houston Rockets Tuesday night and he couldn't make it through the game without suffering another ailment.
Late in the fourth quarter, Brown sustained a calf contusion as he tried to box out Russell Westbrook for a rebound. Brown limped his way off the court and did not return to the game as the Celtics fell, 116-105. It looked at first that Brown re-aggravated his left ankle, but Celtics coach Brad Stevens confirmed after the game that Brown got kicked in the calf.
Coach Stevens with an injury update on Jaylen Brown pic.twitter.com/JtOsmnf5sa— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) February 12, 2020
It was evident Brown wasn’t playing at 100 percent during the contest due to his ankles. Brown was shown trying to keep his ankle loose on the bench and he grimaced on occasion on the court, especially after a dunk less than a minute into the final frame when his landing clearly bothered him.
Brown pushed through it though to finish with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting before his night came to a premature end.
It’s unclear whether Brown will suit up for the Celtics final game before the All-Star break Thursday versus the Los Angeles Clippers at the TD Garden. Holding Brown out of that game could given the swingman an even more extended rest to recover from his nagging injuries as the C’s have seven days off after facing the Clippers.