BOSTON – Although they fell 12-119 to the Portland Trail Blazers at TD Garden, the Boston Celtics’ biggest concern is the status of guard Jaylen Brown, after he left the floor without putting pressure on his right leg after colliding with teammate Jayson Tatum with 40.4 seconds left in the match.
Brown, who had 16 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes on the floor before the injury, stayed on the floor in noticeable pain for a few seconds and then got up and immediately left the court and into the locker room.
Celtics’ Jaylen Brown is helped out of the game against the Blazers after colliding with teammate Jayson Tatum. AP Photo / Michael Dwyer
Coach Brad Stevens indicated that Brown and Tatum were evaluated by the team doctors after the duel.
However, Tatum spoke to the press and noted that it felt good.
“We’ll see how I feel tomorrow,” he added.
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Recent injuries to Brown and Tatum overshadowed an entertaining matchup in which the Blazers and Celtics combined to hit 50 percent or more on their 3-point attempts, with Portland (36-28) winning their last four meetings with him. 33-point support from CJ McCollum and 26 from Damian Lilard.
However, in the fourth period, two plays helped turn the game in Portland’s favor: a goaltendind foul by Tristan Thompson on what appeared to be a good basket with 7:27 left to play, and the expulsion of Marcus Smart. with 1:56 left, after punching Jusuf Nurkic in the groin.