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Jaylen Brown suffers another ankle injury, may be shut down until after the break

Jaylen Brown suffers another ankle injury, may be shut down until after the break

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Dealing with one ankle sprain can be challenging for an NBA player. 

But two?

Welcome to Jaylen Brown’s world after he rolled his left ankle in Boston’s 112-111 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

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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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Classic Celtics: Watch Larry Bird's heroics vs. Pacers in 1991 playoffs

Classic Celtics: Watch Larry Bird's heroics vs. Pacers in 1991 playoffs

Larry Bird was one of the most talented players in NBA history.

But he was also tough as nails.

Exhibit A: Game 5 of the Boston Celtics' first-round playoff series with the Indiana Pacers on May, 5, 1991, which NBC Sports Boston will re-air Wednesday night as part of our "Classic Celtics" series.

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Bird suffered a nasty head injury late in the second half of the winner-take-all Game 5, and Celtics fans feared he was done for the game.

The 34-year-old C's legend triumphantly returned in the second half, though -- much to the delight of the raucous Boston Garden crowd -- and incredibly finished with a team-high 32 points to help the Celtics defeat a talented Pacers team 124-121 and win the series, 3-2.

Our re-broadcast of Celtics-Pacers Game 5 begins at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday and will feature additional commentary from Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, an Indiana native who grew up rooting for the Pacers.

Here's how to watch:

When: Wednesday, April 8, 7 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Boston
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Who are the best small forwards in Celtics history? Ranking the Top 10

Who are the best small forwards in Celtics history? Ranking the Top 10

The crazy thing about the small forward position for the Boston Celtics is that the team has enjoyed such sustained longevity at the position that it’s actually a bit challenging to make a Top 10 list.

Larry Bird, John Havlicek, and Paul Pierce combined for 44 seasons (and 12 titles) in green, which makes it a tough for anyone else who played in the 60s, 70s, 80s, or 2000s to state a case for inclusion alongside some of the biggest names in franchise history.

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While those three clearly occupy the top spots on our list, the current iteration of the C's are also well represented, led by a pair of young stars on the rise who could continue to ascend on this list in the coming years.

Here’s what we came up with for Boston’s top 10 small forwards in franchise history.

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