Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics

Malcolm Brogdon of the Boston Celtics dribbles against the Miami Heat during Game 4 of the 2023 Eastern Conference Finals. (Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

Malcolm Brogdon hasn’t looked like himself during the Eastern Conference Finals. Turns out, there’s a reason why – and it’s not just a slump.

As first reported by Jared Weiss of The Athletic, Brogdon has been playing through “a partial tear in the tendon coming out of his right elbow that leads into his forearm.” Weiss adds that Brogdon was dealing with “golfer’s elbow soreness” during the team’s Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the Philadelphia 76ers, then exacerbated the injury by tearing the tendon during the first quarter of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat.

  • So far in four games against the Heat, Brogdon is averaging 8.5 points per game while shooting 35.3 percent from the floor and 21.4 percent from three. That’s down from 14.8 points per game and 44.6/43.5 percent over the first two series.

    Brogdon’s minutes have also decreased recently – after playing 28.2 minutes per game over the first two series and the first two games of the ECF, Brogdon played just 18 minutes in Game 3 and only 16 minutes in Game 4.

    During the regular season Brogdon exclusively came off the bench, playing 26 minutes per game. He averaged 14.9 points per game while shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from the three. That performance led to him being named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year.

  • Over the last couple of games, the Celtics have adjusted to Brogdon’s injury by giving Grant Williams more minutes. As long as Williams continues shooting the ball well – he’s a combined 7-of-11 from three in this series – those minutes should still be there for him. If the team feels like it needs another shooter in the rotation, Joe Mazzulla could turn to Payton Pritchard or Sam Hauser.

    Or, it could all be over on Thursday night with the Celtics facing a 3-1 series deficit as they return home to Boston. Can they extend their season? Coverage of Game 5 begins at 8 p.m. ET on 98.5 The Sports Hub and the Sports Hub BetMGM Celtics Radio Network.

  • Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at [email protected].

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