Chris Forsberg: Brad Stevens said Jaylen Brown is out with back spasms that flared this morning before shootaround. Says it’s not a long-term concern, expects him back in “couple days." Al Horford will play.
Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens confirms both Jaylen Brown & Gordon Hayward (both sick) are back tonight. Aron Baynes starts for Al Horford (knee). Brown & Hayward remain off bench.
A. Sherrod Blakely: No surprises on the injury report for the #Celtics heading into Friday #Hawks game. Al Horford (knee) and Guerschon Yabusele (ankle) are OUT. Jaylen Brown (illness) is questionable.
Marc D'Amico: Jaylen Brown (back) says he plans to play tomorrow night: “I barely can feel anything right now in terms of pain... I think everything will be fine.” #NEBHInjuryReport
Jared Weiss: Jaylen Brown ruled out by Celtics tonight in Minnesota. Boston is off until next Thursday at home against the Knicks.
Brian Robb: Jaylen Brown on the possibility of coming off the bench when he returns to lineup: "Possibly, especially if we are winning. Whatever it is that needs to be done to figure it out."
Jared Weiss: Jaylen says this injury isn’t nearly as bad as previous ones, but he’s been having some back spasms after the injury. Says it’s been getting better the last few days and will test it out tomorrow.
Tom Westerholm: Jaylen Brown: “If it was a list of injuries that everybody’s dealing with in the NBA, I’d probably pick mine over a lot of the other ones. So I’ll be back soon, just want to make sure I’m healthy and be back to help the team win."
A. Sherrod Blakely: Jaylen Brown (back) will not play tonight, but #Celtics Brad Stevens said he has not been ruled out for tomorrow night's game at Minnesota.
Steve Bulpett: Jaylen Brown (bruised tailbone) out tonight v New Orleans, but hoping he'll be back soon: "It’s a [expletive] bitch of an injury, but I’ll be all right."
Chris Forsberg: Celtics list Jaylen Brown (Right Low Back Bruise) as doubtful vs New Orleans. Terry Rozier (Left Knee Soreness) is probable. Gordon Hayward off the injury list and should be back after sitting out the second night of a back to back.
A. Sherrod Blakely: "I'm hanging in there. The x-rays are negative so that's good." - #Celtics Jaylen Brown on his hard fall vs #Mavericks.
Chris Forsberg: Jaylen Brown suggested he’s battling metatarsalgia. He’s changing the orthotics in his shoes to alleviate the pain after the ones in Indy bothered him. "Can’t play around with my feet. I’ll be alright for tonight.”
Abby Chin: Jaylen Brown is a go tonight in Indy. No minutes restriction, according to Brad Stevens. Jaylen told us this morning the pain in his right foot improved to bearable and he’s wearing new orthotics in his shoes to alleviate some of the pressure. #Celtics
Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown is questionable for Thursday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks, and Brad Stevens said he isn't certain how likely Brown will be to play. "They're going to go next door to an orthotics specialist and talk to him a little bit about it, if there's something they can do," Stevens said at Celtics shootaround. "Otherwise, he didn't go through much this morning, so I don't know how likely it would be that he would play."
Still, Brown said he's hopeful the issue won't linger. "I don't think it's anything that's going to keep me out long-term, I just have to manage it properly, keep it from flaring up," Brown said. "I definitely want to be on the floor as much as possible and continue to stay in rhythm, because it's going to be a challenge all year to staying in rhythm. Hopefully I'll be able to feel a lot better tomorrow, closer to 100 percent. ... "It's pain across the foot, so any time I put pressure down, when I take off or run, I feel pain shoot around the foot. If it was a playoff game, I'd definitely be trying to play through it, but the concern is we have an 82-game season, so they are kind of reeling me back. But we'll see how it goes."
Adam Himmelsbach: Stevens on Jaylen hamstring: “He’s great. I was told he can’t play 48 today so I’ll try to heed that advice.”
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."
Tatum scored 31 points and Boston took its turn pounding Miami early, jumping out to a 26-4 lead and cruising to a 102-82 victory that evened the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece. “Obviously, we knew how important this game was,” Tatum said. “Everybody just had to come up with a different sense of urgency.”
ESPN Stats: Points Scored in Game 4: All Heat starters — 18 Victor Oladipo — 23 This is the very first playoff game that an entire starting lineup was outscored by a player from its bench (since starters were first tracked in 1970-71).
Zach Kram: Re NBA blowouts: 18% of games this postseason have been decided by 25+ points. The record is 23% in 2016. But we remember the 2016 playoffs as amazing because of GSW-OKC and CLE-GSW. A few remarkable moments and series can make up for other blowouts across the board.