Boston Celtics

Mar 1, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) shoots against Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) in the first quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics escaped TD Garden with a 107-98 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night, but it came at a cost.

Celtics guard Jaylen Brown sprained his right ankle after playing just three minutes on the court, then the team quickly ruled him out for the rest of the game. But the good news is head coach Ime Udoka later explained that Brown’s removal was largely precautionary.

“He tried to give it a go in the back and wanted to try to get out there and play, but we thought better of it,” Udoka said. “Big-picture, where we’re at in the season, it would be wise to take [the rest of the game] off, and we’ll see how it is in the next few days.”

Obviously, the C’s didn’t need Brown to play on an injured ankle in order to beat the Hawks. Jayson Tatum led the way with 33 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Grant Williams and Derrick White each scored 18 points in 28 minutes off the bench.

Up Next: The Celtics get back to action on Thursday night against the Memphis Grizzlies. Brown’s injury situation will be something to monitor until then.

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