After being listed as questionable yesterday with a sore left knee, the Celtics have officially ruled out Jaylen Brown tonight against the visiting Wizards. Brown missed two straight games on the west coast road trip in early February, but has played in the last eleven straight.
In Friday’s night win over the Pacers, Brown nearly 38 minutes and had one of his worst games of the year, scoring just 15 points on 5-for-12 shooting. Brad Stevens called Brown’s absence “very much day-to-day.”
Brad Stevens confirms Jaylen Brown (knee) will be out tonight, and is day-to-day going forward. pic.twitter.com/gPoRQ1Szc2— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) February 28, 2021
“We need to accomplish some difficult things. We need to do some difficult things,” Stevens said of facing the red hot Wizards who come into Boston on a 7-1 stretch. “That will be a good sign, or just a sign that we can move forward and be better than our record.”
Obviously, the Celtics will miss Brown. The first time All-Star is averaging 25 points per game on nearly 50% shooting and would have been a primary defender against Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook.
When Brown was out against the Clippers and Suns, Grant Williams took his spot in the starting lineup, but over the last seven games, Williams has picked up four DNP-CD’s.