Health isn’t a virtue often bestowed upon the Boston Celtics, so you shouldn’t be shocked to hear that Jaylen Brown has been downgraded to questionable for Sunday’s game against the Houston Rockets with left patella tendinopathy.
We first learned of Brown’s knee issues back in February, when then-President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge discussed the issue with 98.5 The SportsHub’s Toucher and Rich.
“It’s a very common thing among NBA players, tendinitis in that patella tendon. We’ll just keep tabs on it the best we can and try to get the best version of Jaylen that we can have,” Ainge said.
He also noted that the tendinopathy was in Brown’s left knee, the same as what’s on the Celtics current injury report.
Brown had recently returned to basketball activity following a torn scapholunate ligament in his left wrist after missing the play-in game and first round series against the Brooklyn Nets. Brown returned to the Celtics lineup during the preseason, where he flashed an improved handle and looked sharp despite his layoff.
Unfortunately, Brown then contracted COVID and was forced to quarantine, missing the remainder of training camp and preseason as a result. Despite his lack of training time, Brown returned to the lineup on Opening Night, where he dropped a career-high 46 points while notching 46 minutes of playing time in a double-overtime loss.
Brown also participated in Friday night’s blowout loss against the Toronto Raptors, where he played 28 minutes and shot a paltry 23.1% from the field.
“Coming out of quarantine, playing 46 minutes, I think I did OK in terms of physical standings. In terms of being away from the team that long, it’s always like a risk of injury coming back. High-level intensity, New York are a physical team, I think my body held up well,” Brown said after coming out of quarantine to play 46 minutes.
The Boston Celtics will face the Houston Rockets on Sunday evening at 7 pm EST.