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Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics grabs his ankle during Game 7 of the 2023 Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By the end of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Boston Celtics were all kinds of banged up.

Obviously, Jayson Tatum headlines that list, after clearly twisting up his ankle pretty bad right at the beginning of Game 7 on Monday night. But Malcolm Brogdon was also playing through a serious elbow injury, and of course you got your standard bumps & bruises.

Celtics President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens offered something of an update on Tatum and others in his end-of-season press conference.

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  • Stevens confirmed that Tatum indeed sprained his ankle, but it’s unclear if he was dealing with the more serious high-ankle sprain. If he was, then he deserves credit for playing through that.

    “Yeah, I mean, we had a number of guys [injured] by the end, but probably no more than every other team does, so, certainly not excuses,” Stevens said. “Jayson’s feeling a little bit better, but he’s got a pretty decent ankle sprain.”

    So, based on that, Tatum should certainly be fine by the time he needs to return to basketball activities. While Tatum probably could have hidden his pain a little better, which might have helped the rest of the team in the confidence department, the bigger disappointment is that Jaylen Brown wasn’t able to pick up the slack as Tatum was clearly hobbled.

  • Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics reacts after injuring his ankle against the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the 2023 Eastern Conference Finals. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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  • As for Brogdon, Stevens indicated that there are a number of different ways to address it that haven’t been determined yet. Brodgon himself confirmed to reporters after Game 7 that he had a “partial tear of a tendon,” and had a gnarly description of it: “I don’t know the name of the tendon but it’s coming out of my elbow.”

    “We’re going to put our heads together and he’ll put his head together with his agent and figure out what he wants to do with regard to next steps,” Stevens said on Brogdon.

    So, there’s certainly the possibility of major elbow surgery on the table for the veteran guard.

  • And then there’s the case of Derrick White, who appeared to suffer a potentially serious leg injury during Game 7. But Stevens confirmed that White, while hurt, dodged a bullet.

    “Derrick, luckily, his knee at the end was just a hyperextension, just a small sprain,” Stevens said. “We’ve got a couple of other things that we’ll have to address and look at here, moving forward. But, that’s no different than anybody else who plays until May 29th or whatever.”

    Stevens did his best to avoid sounding like he was making excuses. Reasonable people know he wasn’t. Injury details are a standard thing in sports after a season ends. It sounds like Brogdon’s elbow will be the most serious case and the one to follow through the summer.

    Malcolm Brogdon of the Boston Celtics drives against Gabe Vincent of the Miami Heat during Game 3 of the 2023 Eastern Conference Finals. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

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