Things got scary for the Boston Celtics and rising-star Jaylen Brown on Thursday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Late in the third quarter Brown slams one down, hangs on the rim a bit and comes down wicked hard and awkwardly on his neck/back area. And it looks like he slammed his head pretty good too. The thump he made when he hit floor is tough to miss.
The arena went dead silent until Brown got up and walked himself down the tunnel for evaluation with team trainers.
Jaylen Brown walks off the court after a scary fall he took on a fast-break dunk. pic.twitter.com/pAEMfQAx2i— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) March 9, 2018
Following the game, head coach Brad Stevens had this say about Brown’s injury.
Brad Stevens says Jaylen Brown “felt pretty good leaving the arena. He went to get a CT scan. He’s with (Minnesota’s) team doctor, so he’s in good hands.”— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 9, 2018
Al Horford was sitting directly next to Brown on the floor right after his horrific fall from the rim.
Al Horford on Jaylen’s fall: “I was right there. It was tough to see. I was just happy he was able to get up and walk off because that was one of the worst falls I’ve seen.”— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 9, 2018
“I was terrified,” Marcus Smart says of seeing Jaylen’s fall. “I’ve done that fall in high school the exact same way. It’s hard to see that.”— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 9, 2018
Great news for Brown! Sounds very promising for the young stud.
Jaylen Brown is out of the hospital and on our flight back to Boston.— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) March 9, 2018
A special message from Brown following the game.
Appreciate everybody I'm ok .. Got a headache tho ???? good team win !!— Jaylen Brown (@FCHWPO) March 9, 2018
According to A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston, Brown has entered the NBA’s Concussion Protocol for precautionary purposes. Time will tell Brown’s status moving forward.
The Celtics finished off their three-game road trip with a 117-109 win over the Timberwolves.
Irving led all Celtics scorers with 23 points (9-15 FG), seven rebounds and eight assists. Al Horford chipped in with 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while shooting 50 percent from the field.
The Celtics bench stayed hot, dropping 42 points, with Morris leading the way with 17 points (7-15 FG) and five rebounds. And as a team, the C’s finished the game shooting 49 percent from the field and 34 percent from three.
Towns and Nemanja Bjelica both posted double-doubles for the Timberwolves, with Bjelica leading the team with 30 points and 12 rebounds.
UP NEXT: The Celtics (45-20) play the first of a two-game homestand on Sunday night against the Indiana Pacers (37-28). Catch the call of the game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell, live on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pre-game coverage begins at 7:00 p.m., with tip-off set for 7:30 p.m.
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