Boston Celtics

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

Even with a 17-point comeback win over the Atlanta Hawks, Tuesday night had the potential to be consequential for the Boston Celtics. Star forward Jaylen Brown left the game early in the first quarter with a right ankle injury, and did not return.

Speaking with the media Wednesday afternoon, Celtics coach Ime Udoka offered the latest update on Brown, telling reporters the 25-year-old missed practice on Wednesday with a right ankle sprain. “He has swelling, pain as well. More so than last night,” Udoka explained. “He’ll be evaluated over the next few days.” While Udoka added Brown is “unlikely’ to play Thursday against the Memphis Grizzlies, he doesn’t expect Brown to miss an extended period of time.

Brown has been one of the Celtics’ biggest constants this year. He’s averaging 23.2 points per game this season, shooting 46.3 percent from the floor and 34.8 percent from three.

With Brown out Thursday night, both Grant Williams and Aaron Nesmith saw extended minutes. Williams is a likely candidate to replace Brown in the starting lineup as long as he is out.

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