OKLAHOMA CITY -- Dealing with one ankle sprain can be challenging for an NBA player.
Welcome to Jaylen Brown’s world after he rolled his left ankle in Boston’s 112-111 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Brown was listed as questionable leading up to the game because of a right ankle sprain.
Now he’s dealing with issues in both ankles.
“I rolled my left one trying to compensate for the right one,” Brown said prior to walking gingerly towards the team bus. “I don’t know what side to limp on right now.”
With the Celtics (37-15) so close to the All-Star break, it would not be all that surprising if Boston decides to shut him down for the two games Boston has remaining before the break.
It’s clear that Brown would prefer to keep playing, but he has been around long enough to know that the big picture involves as best the Celtics can, to make sure their core players such as himself are ready to go down the stretch and into the playoffs.
The last thing they need is to have an injury get worse between now and the break, and potentially lead to him missing more time later this season.
“It’s been a frustrating few weeks,” Brown said.
There will be discussions in the next couple days with Brown and the Celtics’ medical staff to determine whether he should continue playing or simply get a few extra days off to rest his ankle - make that ankles.
“We’ll figure out the best plan,” Brown said. “I rolled my ankle three or four times in the last two weeks. I taped it, double-taped it, and just … I don’t know. It’s unfortunate. We got two games left (before the break); we need two wins. So I’m going to try and thug it out, see how it feels.”
Brown is among the core players for Boston whose role fluctuates depending on the opponent and depending who the Celtics have available to play.
Regardless, Brown has consistently shown himself capable of being one of the team’s top scorers as well as a versatile defender both in man-to-man as well as assisting teammates as a help-side defender.
Brown, who had 17 points on 7-for-17 shooting against the Thunder, came into Sunday’s game averaging 20.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists - all career highs - while shooting 49.6 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from 3-point range.
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