98.5 The Sports Hub staff report
The Celtics will remain without Jaylen Brown for at least one more contest, as the 24-year-old has been officially ruled out for Sunday’s head-to-head with the Suns due to left knee soreness.
On the shelf with one of the most generalized injury terms imaginable, it appears that the Celtics are simply doing what they can to keep Brown upright for the long haul as the Celtics continue to work their way through various injury woes.
“[Brown] really felt it more than he probably had been in the Sacramento game,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said before Friday’s win over the Clippers. “You saw the layup in front of our bench where he laid it in off one leg. I told him he looked like me on that one. He was sore [Wednesday] night, [Thursday] still sore, and [Friday] morning.”
Brown is once again joined on the C’s injury report by Romeo Langford, who has missed the entire season to date as he recovers from offseason wrist surgery, as well as Marcus Smart, who is recovering from a left calf tear.
The 6-foot-6 Brown is in the midst of an undeniable career year, with career-best 26.4 points and 3.6 assists per game as well as career-highs in both field goal percentage (51.8 percent) and three-point percentage (42.4 percent) through 20 contests this season.
The good news for the Celtics, however, is that center Daniel Theis was not listed on the injury report for Sunday’s meeting with the Suns. Theis logged a season-low 8:40 after suffering a knee injury in Friday’s win over Los Angeles.
The Celtics will enter Sunday’s meeting with the Suns with a 2-1 record on this West Coast road swing.
Phoenix, meanwhile, enters this contest with a 12-9 record on the year, good for fourth-best in the West.