The Boston Celtics were on trying to close out the pesky Minnesota Timberwolves and all Jae Crowder could do was watch from the sideline. 

The left ankle injury that kept him out for eight games continues to give him problems, and may potentially sideline him for Wednesday’s game at Brooklyn. 


Crowder, who had four points in Boston’s 99-93 win over the Timberwolves, was only able to play 24 minutes before the pain in his ankle proved to be too much for him to keep playing.

“I just didn’t have nothing,” Crowder told reporters after the win. “My ankles felt they locked up on me, never got loose. I took it upon myself to pull myself.”

“It’s very frustrating but it’s a process,” Crowder said. “The first half I felt great, probably the best I felt. It’s a process.”

If Crowder can’t play against the Nets, look for Marcus Smart to be inserted into the starting lineup. 

In five starts this season, all in place of an injured Crowder, Smart has averaged 10.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists along with 2.4 steals in 33 minutes per game.