Mark Murphy: At least they're in the building. Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown both in street clothes on bench tonight.
Mark Murphy: Jaylen Brown (concussion) shot around before tonight's game. Asked if he would join team on four-city western trip, Stevens said, "I believe so. Haven't checked with training staff yet."
Scott Souza: #Celtics Brad Stevens on Jaylen Brown: Still has little bit of a lingering headache. Is clearly better. Hopefully all goes well and he can start (concussion protocol) this weekend. But he won’t be at either game (on trip).
Jay King: Brad Stevens doesn't expect Jaylen Brown (concussion) to play this week. He went through testing yesterday on his neck, back, everything else. Everything else is OK. Fortunate to escape another injury.
Gary Washburn: #Celtics just announce that Jaylen Brown has been placed in concussion protocol. He is out indefinitely.
Jared Weiss: Jaylen Brown was doing well today when he came into the facility to see the doctor, according to a source. Celtics announce he has been placed in the concussion protocol.
When his 6-foot-7-inch, 225-pound frame thudded to the ground, the noise reverberated to the other side of the arena, and probably could be heard in the upper reaches, too. Brown initially appeared in shock. His arms were somewhat awkwardly held in front of him, and he kept blinking. But he did not move or talk. Celtics medical staffers rushed to him and immediately instructed him to stay down. Forward Al Horford sat a few feet away, hoping his teammate would know he was there.
Brad Stevens once coached a player who collided with a stanchion and then lost movement, and that was what he thought about as he watched Brown. The Timberwolves wheeled a stretcher onto the court, but it turned out Brown would not need it. After a few minutes, he sat up. And then about 30 seconds after that, he stood and walked to the locker room as he received a standing ovation from the Minnesota fans.
Nick Friedell: Jaylen Brown just hit hard on the floor after a dunk -- that looked a lot like Kris Dunn's nasty fall last month.
Steve Bulpett: As soon as Jaylen Brown hit the floor, Al Horford rushed over to make sure he stayed still. Marcus Smart kneeled in seeming prayer over by the Celtic sideline.
Nick Friedell: Brown is sitting up. He has gotten to his feet and is walking back to the locker room. Standing ovation here in Minneapolis.
LeBron James: Prayers sent to you right now and up Jalen Brown!!!! Glad to see you walk off on your own 🙏🏾
CJ McCollum: Prayers up for the homie @Jaylen Brown . Glad my guy was able to walk out on his own 🙏🏽
Chris Forsberg: Celtics swingman Jaylen Brown practiced today and expects to play Sunday vs. Brooklyn. Semi Ojeleye was more limited, sounds like he’ll be out a little longer.
A. Sherrod Blakely: The #Celtics have ruled Jaylen Brown (right knee) out for tonight’s game. That doesn’t mean he’ll stop working on his game.
A. Sherrod Blakely: The #Celtics Marcus Smart will start for Jaylen Brown who is out with leg injury. Also, no Marcus Morris (left knee) or Semi Ojeleye (back).
Scott Souza: Jaylen Brown seems to have aggravated his Achilles strain on that Markieff Morris put-back.
Jared Weiss: Stevens has no update on Jaylen Brown, who left the game early limping on his right leg.
Marc D'Amico: #NEBHInjuryReport for tonight in NY: Jaylen Brown - QUESTIONABLE (left Achilles soreness) Shane Larkin - OUT (left knee soreness) Marcus Morris - OUT (left knee rehab)
Jared Weiss: Jaylen on ditching the glasses: "I haven’t been able to find any comfort really with the glasses, so I was just like, ‘F it,’ and took them off. My eye’s still blurry. Everything’s still blurry. I don’t have very good vision, but at least it’s like, more consistent."
Jared Weiss: Jaylen Brown is going to talk to the doctor to get his eyes evaluated & figure out an alternative to his glasses. Says he can’t wear contacts all the time now, but glasses weren’t working for him. “It gets smeared and then I can’t see at all. So I might as well take my chances."
Marc D'Amico: Jaylen Brown (eye) will play tonight, according to Brad Stevens. Marcus Morris (knee) will go through his pre-game warmups with the hope of playing. #NEBHInjuryReport
Steve Bulpett: Jaylen Brown (eye) and Marcus Morris (knee) were both on the Celtics' flight here to San Antonio. They're listed as questionable for tomorrow night's game against the Spurs.
Mark Followill: Besides Marcus Morris being out with left knee rehab, Celtics have announced Jaylen Brown is out tonight (right eye inflammation)
Scott Souza: #Celtics Brad Stevens: Jaylen Brown woke up & eye was swollen. Might have been contact lens-related. Expected to be fine in a day. Expected to travel to San Antonio tomorrow.
Scott Souza: #Celtics Brad Stevens: Jaylen Brown "bumped knees" in third quarter, was cleared to return. Early indication he's OK.
Scott Souza: #Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown in uniform pregame in locker room, but did seem to be favoring hip a good deal.
Jeff Goodman: Brad Stevens said that Jaylen Brown is expected to play tonight. Same with Amir Johnson.
Adam Himmelsbach: The Celtics say Jaylen Brown is questionable for Game 5 with a right hip pointer. Jae Crowder (groin) & Amir Johnson (shoulder) are probable
Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens: Jaylen Brown (stomach bug) is feeling better & is available tonight.
A. Sherrod Blakely: I spoke to @Jaylen Brown earlier. He initially thought he had food poisoning, but it turned out to be just a 24-hour bug. He feels good tonight. pic.twitter.com/CAsz8f2NSy
Nick Friedell: Brad Stevens says Avery Bradley and Jaylen Brown are out tonight. Gerald Green is questionable with a bruised heel.
Chris Forsberg: Brad Stevens on Avery Bradley, Jaylen Brown: "Both guys are out for the next two games with the hope of doing some practice when we return."
Marc D'Amico: Jaylen Brown (hip flexor) is expected to miss the next three games, says Brad Stevens. #NEBHInjuryReport
Michael Gallagher: A couple minor left knee injuries for Jaylen Brown in Summer League so far, but he's not wearing any knee support tonight.
Third overall pick Jaylen Brown returned from a two-game absence with a hyperextended right knee and missed 10 of 13 shots, finishing with just 9 points. Brown tweaked the knee missing a two-handed dunk on a pretty crossover move but said he expects to play Sunday against the Phoenix Suns. “It’s bothering me a little bit but [I’ve got to] shake some of the rust off and get back into the flow of the game,” Brown said. “I felt like I was stuck in the mud a little bit, missed some baskets going to my left hand because I was exploding off my right leg, but I’ve just got to get it stronger.”
June 25, 2022 | 7:06 pm EDT Update
“Their continuity wasn’t there,” Perkins said on a recent appearance on JJ Redick’s The Old Man & the Three podcast (h/t Lee Tran of Fadeaway World) about Westbrook and Durant. “No matter how much they tried to fake it to the public, their brotherhood, it never was a brotherhood. And that’s okay, right, because you don’t have to be somebody’s brother to go out there and win a championship. But it helps. They never just got on the same page.
“It was the most difficult situation that I’ve ever been in coming from a Celtics team that was so close. When I got to the Oklahoma City Thunder, it was so separated. You had Eric Maynor, Russell Westbrook and James Harden… and Daequan Cook. They had their little clique and they kicked it with each other. Then you had KD who as just by himself. He didn’t even hang with them.”
“I gave him a choice because he had a 20-minute restriction the first game,” Steve Kerr told Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner on Friday’s episode of the Point Forward podcast. “I told him this is how the minutes would play out for you if you started verses if you came off the bench. Typical Steph, he said, ‘No, it sounds way better to come off the bench. That way I don’t have to sit too long between my minutes.’ “It never even entered the equation that this would be a blow to his ego or anything.”
“Physically get right, mentally take a step back, reflect, and kind of decompress,” Udoka said about Tatum. “Get your mind right as well. Just that time away. Don’t want to bother guys as much right now, but we want to relay the message that there’s still more to build on and grow on in certain areas.”
The Spurs had Branham pegged as a “midteens pick, maybe late lottery,” said Wright, who added that the club was prepared to trade up to get him. “We were just fortunate he was there at 20,” Wright said.
June 25, 2022 | 5:45 pm EDT Update
Joe Mussatto: Sam Presti on Lu Dort’s team option: “Obviously it’s our plan to exercise that pending anything different.” Significant news. The Thunder could have declined the option to make Dort a restricted free agent.