Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown has been ruled out for the team’s game against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night with an inflamed right eye. Earlier in the day, the team already ruled out forward Marcus Morris for the contest, leaving the team short-handed for the matchup with the Mavericks.
Brown has started all 24 games he has appeared in this season, entering Wednesday second on the team in scoring at 14.8 points per game. He is shooting 45.7 percent from the field overall, including 40.2 percent from 3-point range, while also adding 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest.
Now playing over 31 minutes per game, Brown has taken an exponential leap from his first season in which he played only 17.2 minutes per night and started just 20 of the 78 games he appeared in. The Celtics made him the third-overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft out of Cal where he spent just a single year, winning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors. Despite his role primarily as a tenacious defender, he averaged 6.6 points per game and made the NBA All-Rookie second team.
Without Brown in the lineup, guard Marcus Smart will likely see an increased role. Smart has already made three spot starts this season, leading the team in assists through their first 25 games.
Wednesday’s game is the final contest of a five-game homestand for Boston, with the next chance Brown will have to return to the lineup coming on Friday night when the Celtics travel to take on the San Antonio Spurs to open a three-game road swing.