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Jaylen Brown leaves game after scary fall

Raphielle Johnson



Feb 9, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) makes a no look pass during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
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[UPDATE]: Brad Stevens says Jaylen Brown’s injury is not as serious as it first appeared, noting the forward was in good spirits, per ESPN. 

Late in the third quarter of Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown suffered a nasty fall after completing a dunk. Brown lost his grip on the rim and fell backwards, landing on his upper back and head.

Brown would remain on the court for several minutes before sitting up, and then walking back to the locker room under his own power while accompanied by members of the Celtics medical staff. Brown was replaced in the lineup by rookie forward Jayson Tatum. According to TNT, Brown underwent concussion protocol testing in the locker room and was to be taken to an area hospital shortly thereafter.

In his second season out of California, Brown entered Thursday’s game averaging 14.1 points and 5.2 rebounds in 31.0 minutes per game, and he started all 60 of the games in which he’s appeared. Brown’s shooting 46.1 percent from the field and 37.2 percent from 3, with both percentages being improvements on the numbers he posted as a rookie.

Last season Brown started 20 of the 78 regular season games he played in, averaging 6.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in just over 17 minutes per game. With the offseason trade that sent Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic to Cleveland in exchange for Kyrie Irving, more minutes on the wing became available to Brown.

And with the season-ending injury suffered by Gordon Hayward in Boston’s first game of the season, Brown’s presence has been of even greater importance to a team that is second in the Eastern Conference standings. Brown missed two games in late December as a result of his banging knees with Washington forward Markieff Morris in a game played on Christmas Day.

Raphielle has been writing about college sports for more than a decade for multiple outlets, including NBC Sports. Focuses have included game recaps, columns, features and recruiting stories. A native of the Northeast, he now calls Pac-12 country home. Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.