Celtics’ Brown doubt­ful for se­ries opener

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WALTHAM, MASS. » Bos­ton Celtics guard Jaylen Brown is doubt­ful for Game 1 of the East­ern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals against the Philadel­phia 76ers with a strained right ham­string, coach Brad Stevens said, while adding that he could re­turn later in the se­ries.

Stevens said Brown still had some sore­ness on Sun­day, a day af­ter the Celtics elim­i­nated the Mil­wau­kee Bucks and a day be­fore the sec­ond-round opener. Brown had said he was go­ing to have an MRI, and Stevens said tests were neg­a­tive.

“It looks like it could be some­thing that al­lows him to play as the se­ries goes on,” Stevens said.

The No. 3 over­all pick in the 2016 draft, Brown av­er­aged 14.5 points and 4.5 re­bounds per game this sea­son. He left Sat­ur­day night’s clincher against the Bucks in the first quar­ter; the team an­nounced that he was avail­able to re­turn, but Stevens de­cided to play it safe.

Brown said af­ter­ward he was told it was a Grade 1 in­jury — the least se­vere kind. He was put on an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory med­i­ca­tion.

“What­ever it takes, I wouldn’t miss this se­ries for the world,” Brown said Sat­ur­day night.

The Celtics are al­ready with­out stars Gor­don Hay­ward and Kyrie Irv­ing, as well as Daniel Theis.

“We don’t think about what’s hap­pened through­out the sea­son,” cen­ter Aron Baynes said. “We have that ‘next man up’ men­tal­ity. We’ll miss Jaylen; he’s def­i­nitely hard to make up for. It’s just all be­ing able to col­lec­tively do it.”


Bos­ton Celtics’ Jaylen Brown in­jured his ham­string in Game 7 of the se­ries against the Bucks and is doubt­ful for Game 1 against. the Six­ers on Mon­day night.

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