Friday update: Brown is set to re-evaluated next week, and there’s a good possibility he is held out of All-Star weekend with the injury.
Update: Brown suffered a facial fracture Wednesday and is likely out through the All-Star break, according to Shams Charania. This means he’s likely not playing in the All-Star Game. We’ll get a better update on Brown’s condition in the afternoon Thursday, but the good news is he likely won’t miss a ton of games due to the All-Star break coming up. The Celtics have just four games before the break.
Boston’s Jaylen Brown has suffered a facial fracture and will miss some time, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Initial feeling is Brown could be sidelined through the All-Star break, with further specialist examination on Thursday.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 9, 2023
Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown will not return to Wednesday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers due to a facial contusion. Brown was already dealing with a non-COVID illness prior to the contest and now has a face injury to contend with.
#NEBHInjuryReport Jaylen Brown (facial contusion) will not return.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 9, 2023
With Brown out for the rest of the game, the Celtics will lean on Jayson Tatum offensively. The forward has just eight points at the half but will take on a bigger role here with Brown out. Grant Williams, who had 11 points in the first half, could also play more minutes.
The Celtics will need Malcolm Brogdon and Derrick White to keep stepping up offensively with Brown out. Brogdon is more of the shot creator, but White has been solid as a three-point shooter this season and could provide some major help for Tatum if he knocks down a few long balls in the second half of this game.