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The back injury that's forced Jaylen Brown to miss two consecutive games is no small matter, it appears.

Prior to the Boston Celtics' win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday, Brown said he suffered back spasms Monday morning at a team shootaround when he simply reached down for a basketball.

"I’ve never experienced it [like this] where it’s hard to bend down, it’s hard to stand up or put your socks on," Brown told The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach. "I’ve had it where I landed on my back and had injuries where I fell. That was like a bruise, but this is more muscular I think than anything.”

Brown missed three games in late November after falling on his back and said he also experienced back spasms at the time. This injury sounds just as painful, if not more.

"Like, I’m uncomfortable just sitting down right now," Brown said. "It’s like my back feels like it’s just like squeezing together. It’s hard to reach over, hard to move to the left, move to the right. It’s like a sharp pain, plus the tightness."

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is sympathetic, as he also dealt with back pain during his NBA career.

"He just had one of those freaky back spasms when he reached down to pick up the ball," Ainge said Thursday in his weekly interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich." "I've had that happen a few times in my career. It's hard to explain."

 

Ainge wouldn't put a timetable on Brown's return, but confirmed the young guard will travel to Indianapolis to receive treatment ahead of Friday's crucial matchup with the Pacers.

"It seemed like it was just a fluke and he spasmed up, so hopefully we can get him back soon," Ainge said.

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