The hits just keep on coming.
In the latest injury update, the Celtics list Jaylen Brown as questionable with a sore left knee for Friday night’s game in Los Angeles vs. the Clippers. Payton Pritchard is also listed as questionable as he recovers from a right MCL sprain. Romeo Langford and Marcus Smart are out.
On Wednesday night, Brown finished with 21 points and 4 assists in the loss to the Kings. Brown nearly played 34 minutes in the second game of the road back-to-back after playing 32 minutes the night before in San Francisco.
Midway through the third quarter in Sacramento, Brown appeared to come up gimpy after stripping D’Aaron Fox and breaking out for a transition dunk. However, he didn’t appear hampered by the injury for the rest of the game.
Tonight’s game against the Clippers could be a marquee matchup, pitting LA’s star-studded duo of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard against Boston’s up-and-coming tandem of Brown and Jayson Tatum. The teams split the season series last year with both games ending in overtime. Brown missed the win in Boston when Tatum went off for 39 points in double overtime.
The nationally televised game could also serve as a boost to Brown’s All-Star candidacy. In yesterday’s initial voting returns, Brown was fourth behind Bradley Beal, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden. He’s nearly averaging 26 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists this season and has not missed a game all year.