Update: The Celtics have ruled Brown as doubtful for Monday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans with a right low back bruise.
“The X-rays were negative, so that’s good,” Celtics forward Jaylen Brown relayed to reporters after the 22-year-old experienced a scary fall against the Dallas Mavericks Saturday night at American Airlines Center.
With the Celtics trailing 111-97 in the fourth quarter, Brown jumped up and twisted his body in an effort to swat a layup from Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber. He landed hard on his tailbone, visited the locker room, and did not return to the floor.
“I’m hanging in there,” he said after the game.
Brown said he didn’t watch the fall and couldn’t remember what exactly had happened, though the training staff told him he would “alright.”
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The Celtics haven’t stayed injury-free this season, but their list of ailments seems like a blip on the radar in comparison to that of last year. Forward Al Horford (left knee soreness) returned to action Saturday after sitting out Friday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, while point guard Terry Rozier (left knee soreness) logged 17 minutes after being considered a game-time decision.
Forward Gordon Hayward (left ankle soreness) was sidelined Saturday, as he continues to work his way back after suffering a season-ending injury last year.