Jaylen Brown Sidelined Due To Facial Fracture

FEBRUARY 10: Brown has been diagnosed with a maxillary facial fracture, the Celtics announced in a press release. According to the team, he’ll be reevaluated next week.

FEBRUARY 8: Celtics star Jaylen Brown is expected to miss several games after suffering a facial fracture in tonight’s contest against Philadelphia, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic. Brown will be examined by specialists on Thursday, but initial expectations are that he may not return until after the All-Star break.

Brown suffered the injury on a collision with teammate Jayson Tatum during the first half (video link from NBC Sports Boston). Both players were chasing an offensive rebound when Tatum’s elbow struck Brown on the left side of his head. He remained on the floor for a while before getting up, and he was immediately taken to the locker room.

Before the second half began, the Celtics announced that Brown had a facial contusion and was done for the night.

Brown, who was named as an Eastern Conference reserve for the All-Star Game last week, is in the midst of a career-best season, averaging 27.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists through 47 games. The Celtics defeated the Sixers to solidify their hold on the top spot in the East, but it could be tough to stay there if Brown is lost for an extended stretch.

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