The Celtics added to the hopelessness of their 129-120 additional time misfortune to the Brooklyn Nets – a game that saw them blow a 21-point second-half lead and a 18-point final quarter advantage – by losing starters Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown to injury Tuesday night.
Hayward left at halftime as a result of a correct knee injury, and Brown hurt his correct hamstring in the end minutes of guideline and didn’t return.
Hayward’s physical issue accompanied barely two minutes left in the subsequent quarter, when Celtics focus Daniel Theis fell back and seemed to hit his shoulder on Hayward’s correct knee/leg, causing Hayward to snatch at his knee quickly. At that point, in any case, he stayed in the game, and completed the main half without occurrence.
Yet, Hayward, who played 17 minutes and had seven focuses in the principal half, didn’t turn out for the beginning of the subsequent half, with reinforcement Javonte Green beginning in his place. A brief timeframe later, Boston reported Hayward was accomplished for the evening.
“Just got rolled up on there and wasn’t aware it was going to happen,” Hayward said after the game. “I think it will be fine but sore for a little bit.”
He added that he didn’t hope to make the excursion with the group for Wednesday’s down in Cleveland.
Dark colored didn’t address journalists after the game, strolled cautiously out of the storage space and furthermore didn’t appear to probably have the option to play Wednesday.
Celtics mentor Brad Stevens didn’t have a report on the status of either player, and the group said nothing postgame about whether Jayson Tatum, who passed on Tuesday’s down a result of a sickness, would make the outing.
Boston will likewise most likely be without Kemba Walker, who missed the five games after the All-Star break due to left knee irritation before returning and playing 23 minutes in Tuesday’s misfortune. Walker, who had 21 focuses in a short time, began the second half on the seat trying to extend his minutes through the finish of the game, and said he felt great a while later.
“I feel pretty good,” Walker said. “Obviously I missed five straight, so I still gotta get my rhythm, my timing back, everything like that, so, I felt good today.”
All things considered, it is impossible the Celtics would chance playing Walker in consecutive games after he’d missed such a lot of time in light of the irritated knee. Thus, they could end up without every one of the four of their beginning edge players in Cleveland on Wednesday night.
In any case, after an unsettling misfortune to Brooklyn that saw the Celtics breakdown down the stretch and self-destruct in additional time, Stevens said he wasn’t stressed over who was solid or not – rather simply needing to discover a gathering of players who might play hard.
“I have no idea who’s going to Cleveland,” Stevens said. “I think most of the coaches are going. I just want eight guys, nine guys, whoever’s going to play hard, let’s go.”
“Like, that was ridiculous. Now, Brooklyn deserves credit. And I hate to say it that way because they really deserve credit. Those guys who were in the game for Brooklyn — LeVert was special, obviously — those other guys, too, were really engaged. And they deserve credit for that.”
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