Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown was listed as probable for Thursday's Game 2 against the Philadelphia 76ers, but coach Brad Stevens said if Brown does play, he will come off the bench for the first time this season.
Jay King: Brad Stevens said Jaylen Brown will meet with the trainers and doctors shortly. “No decision has been made up to this point that I’ve been told.”
Chris Forsberg: Jaylen Brown remains doubtful for Game 2. He did not practice Wednesday. He’s on court now doing light shooting but Brad Stevens uncertain how much he’ll do in walkthrough.
Mark Murphy: The caution with Jaylen Brown's tender hamstring is understandable. Brad Stevens: "The reason you’ve got to go through all these tests and do all this is to run around screens with JJ Redick, which, to be honest, is a different challenge from most everything else in the league,"
Scott Souza: Injured #Celtics Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown both on bench supporting C's tonight for Game 1.
Bill Doyle: Jaylen Brown just walked slowly through locker room with slight limp. Still no word on if he’ll play tonight.
A. Sherrod Blakely: The #Celtics Jaylen Brown said no decision has been made yet on whether he will play tonight.
Jared Weiss: Stevens says Jaylen Brown remains doubtful and Marcus Smart will start if he remains out.
Stevens wouldn't reveal who might start in Brown's place if he's unable to go. "We could go either Marcus [Morris or Smart] staring, we could keep Semi [Ojeleye] in there, or Shane [Larkin]," said Stevens. "We've got to fill out one more spot, so we'll do that. We'll decide that," after Monday's morning shootaround.
Jared Weiss: Jaylen Brown still trying to play bit his right hammy is cramping up and he is hobbling. Boston is taking him out and Stevens is screaming for a foul. He's going to the locker room.
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude: Coach Stevens told me he will not play Jaylen for the remainder of Game 7 tonight.
Sean Grande: Marcus Morris and Al Horford will both return tonight. Jaylen Brown (toe) will play. Shane Larkin (ill) is out.
Adam Himmelsbach: Jaylen on dunking again: "We’ll see. I still haven’t went up for a dunk. We’ll see how it goes. But sometimes you just can’t help it."
Marc D'Amico: #NEBHInjuryReport: Jaylen Brown is back and will start tonight against the Kings. Marcus Morris is out with a sprained ankle but should “be back sooner rather than later,” says Brad Stevens.
Adam Himmelsbach: Brad Stevens said Jaylen Brown got through this afternoon's workout without any issues. "He went hard and stayed after we left for another half-hour, hour. But felt pretty good and we’ll see how he feels tomorrow."
Jaylen Brown has missed the last five games while recovering from the injury, and on Thursday he spoke with reporters for the first time since the scary fall. "I remember slipping off the rim," Brown said. "I remember waking up and there was a bunch of people standing around me. And I was like, 'What the hell is going on?' I had no idea I had been, like, out for like 30 seconds or whatever they said I was out for. "I just remember waking up and there was a bunch of people around me. And I tried to get up and they were like, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa!' And I was like, 'What's the big deal?' And that's all I remember, to be honest."
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 30, 2022 | 9:42 am EDT Update
Jake Fischer on PJ Tucker going to Philadelphia: ‘I’ve heard Joel Embiid is on board, … also PJ’s agent resides in Philly. There’s one thing that I know for sure. He has wanted to get paid. He has been a journeyman in this league for years and years and years and years, a mercenary role player on all these contending teams. To my knowledge, I don’t think he’s made over 10 million a year. He’s wanted a double digit salary.
Jake Fischer: ‘Kyrie Irving definitely was considering taking the taxpayer mid-level exception to play for the Lakers before he opted in. That’s just the truth. He was definitely talking about it with people in his circle. And people on the league, we’re talking about that reality, because that was the only way for him to get to the Lakers this season.
The Lakers have a strong interest in retaining Monk, but it will depend on both his market and the quality of 3-and-D wings available to Los Angeles, according to league sources. Players the Lakers will target with their full taxpayer midlevel exception include Otto Porter Jr., Nicolas Batum, Gary Harris, T.J. Warren, Caleb Martin, Cody Martin, Mo Bamba and Danuel House Jr., according to multiple league sources. Players the Lakers will be interested in for the partial midlevel exception or minimum contracts include Nemanja Bjelica, Jeremy Lamb, Jevon Carter and Juan Toscano-Anderson, according to league sources.
Brittney Griner’s trial for allegedly taking hashish oil into Russia is scheduled to begin Friday. At that point it will have been 134 days since the WNBA star was taken into custody while trying to enter the country through a Moscow-area airport. She faces 10 years in prison if convicted. But before the trial even begins, U.S. experts and officials say Griner will be the subject of a show trial, and a guilty verdict is almost a certainty. The entire exercise, they say, is a negotiation tactic to push the Biden administration into trading for her freedom. “It’s a foregone conclusion and the trial is to uphold the state and confirm the power of the state,” says William Pomeranz, the acting director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute in Washington, D.C., and an expert on Russian law. “Justice is not the immediate issue.”
Sources close to Griner declined to say how she intends to plead, but experts say that with no chance of acquittal it would make strategic sense to just plead guilty now. That might cause headaches for the U.S. State Department and the White House, but it could make Griner’s life more bearable, and a deal to go home more likely.
June 30, 2022 | 9:08 am EDT Update
Jake Fischer: Sounds like Isaiah Hartenstein has another suitor: the New York Knicks. No guest, just taking your questions on @getcallin at 4pmET, to help set the table one last time before the free agency horn blares. Make sure to create an account and tune in: callin.com/link/EaFCnvABtD