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Jaylen Brown to undergo season-ending wrist surgery

Celtics guard won’t return in 2020-21 due to a torn ligament in his left wrist.

Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at TD Garden on May 02, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images

Boston Celtics SG Jaylen Brown will undergo season-ending wrist surgery, the team announced Monday evening. This is a huge blow to the Celtics, who are currently in the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference and staring down the play-in tournament. They now lose their second-best player/scoring option behind Jayson Tatum for the rest of the regular season and playoffs. Boston enters Monday 2.0 games behind the Miami Heat for the 6th seed in the East.

Brown blossomed into an All-Star during the 2020-21 season and is averaging career highs in points (24.7), assists (3.4), and steals (1.2) per game. He’s become Jayson Tatum’s most important co-star on both sides on offense and defense. His absence will lower the Celtics’ ceiling considerably ahead of the postseason Even Fournier will likely have to replace Brown for the rest of the season.

Boston’s odds to win the Eastern Conference are +2000 at DraftKings Sportsbook, and their title odds are +5000. Both those figures will likely drop now the Brown won’t touch the hardwood for the rest of the year.