SALT LAKE CITY – Jaylen Brown knew the NBA, even at the summer league level, would be a step or two up from what he’s used to in terms of physical play.
“It’s a man’s league for sure,” Brown said on Tuesday. “You take some bumps and bruises with your body getting adjusted at first.”
Brown knows this from first-hand experience after suffering a hyperextended right knee injury that will keep him out of tonight’s game against the host team Utah. Celtics assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry doesn’t believe the injury is too serious, adding that Brown should be able to return for the Celtics' final game in Salt Lake City on Thursday against San Antonio.
And with Brown missing tonight’s game, it affords another player or two an increased opportunity to see action.
Shrewsberry told Celtics brass when they put the summer league team together that they gave him “Noah’s Arc” to work with.
“There’s two of them at every single position, all do the same things,” Shrewsberry said. “We’ll just fill in the next guy. It’ll give another guy a chance.”
So Brown will have to wait a couple more days to build off a 16-point performance in Boston’s 102-94 win over Philadelphia on Monday. In that game, Brown went to the free throw line a game-high 17 times which was one of the more encouraging aspects from Brown’s first game as a pro.
“That’s a good thing. That’s what he’s got to be able to do,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “That’s something he can impact as far as getting to the rim.”
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