BOSTON (AP) – Celtics star forward Jaylen Brown will miss the remainder of the season after tearing a ligament in his left wrist, the team reported Monday.
In a statement, Boston said Brown learned of his scapholunate ligament injury over the weekend and is expected to undergo surgery this week.RELATED
Brown has been out of the Celtics’ past three games due to a sprained right ankle, which he sustained during a clash with teammate Jayson Tatum late in their 129-119 loss to Portland on May 2. Boston (35-33) has lost two of its last three games and started seventh in the Eastern Conference on Monday with four games to go.
His injury is the latest blow for a team hoping to fight for the conference title one season after losing to Miami in the Conference Final.
Boston has struggled to maintain consistency after multiple players have suffered injuries or spent long periods in the league’s health protocols.
Brown’s absence will make it difficult for Boston to avoid the mini-tournament heading into the postseason.
Brown apparently injured his wrist in a 119-115 loss to Oklahoma City on April 27, but later indicated he was “fine.” It was one of his best encounters this season, finishing with 39 points, 11 rebounds and four steals.
Brown added 113 minutes in the Celtics’ subsequent three games, in which he averaged 24 points.
This season he averages 24.7 points, six rebounds and 3.4 assists in 58 games. He set personal marks on average points and assists.
Celtics second-year point guard Romeo Langford tore the same ligament before training camp in September. He was out for six months and missed Boston’s first 49 games.