Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters after Sunday’s practice that Jaylen Brown (hamstring) is “doubtful” for Game 1 against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday at TD Garden.
Brown suffered the hamstring injury after playing just 16 minutes in the Celtics’ 112-96 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday. Stevens did leave the door slightly ajar for Brown to play Game 1, however unlikely – but added that even if Brown can’t go on Monday, he’ll be more likely for Game 2 and beyond.
“[He] still has some soreness,” said Stevens. “Didn’t try to do anything that I know of, running-wise, today. Did have some testing and that looked good, thankfully. Doubtful for [Game 1], but I guess he could play.
“It looks like it could be something that allows him to play as the series goes on.”
Despite his abbreviated Game 7, Brown averaged 17.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in the series against the Bucks. He also averaged 2.4 three-pointers while shooting 46.7 percent from the field.
The C’s tip off in Game 1 against the 76ers at 8:00 p.m. ET on Monday.
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