Jaylen Brown sat out his second straight game in Brooklyn with shoulder bursitis. He’s missed three of his last four, previously sitting out against the Golden State Warriors last Saturday with an illness but hurting himself against the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.
Brown has been fairly durable for most of the season. Earlier in the year, he battled knee tendonitis that took him out of two straight games on the west coast in February. According to head coach Brad Stevens, he’s nearing a return.
“Not severe from what I’ve been told as far as long term, but certainly painful,” Stevens said during his pre-game availability in Brooklyn. “He doesn’t have full range of motion when he’s working it out, when he’s using it. He’s close. Tonight was very much a possibility, but leaning more towards doubtful, so he’s day-to-day after this.”
For those worried about Brown’s health, here’s some video of the Celtics All-Star before the tip against the Nets working out with Robert Williams.
Jaylen Brown and Robert Williams are out tonight vs Brooklyn but a good sign to see them getting work in before tipoff pic.twitter.com/cVCDGatNmL— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) April 23, 2021
Brown and Williams will have a chance to return on Sunday when the Celtics complete this short two-game road trip in Charlotte.