BOSTON (CBS) — The Celtics may be without Jae Crowder on Wednesday night when they conclude their three-game road trip in Brooklyn.
The C’s forward did not play over the final 16 minutes of Monday’s win over the Timberwolves after pain in his left ankle flared up, and he’s unsure if he’ll be able to take the floor against the Nets.READ MORE: Durham NH Police Searching For Missing 22-Year-Old UNH Student
Crowder just returned Saturday night in Detroit after missing eight games with the injury, which he suffered back on November 2 against the Chicago Bulls. He scored nine points on 3-for-9 shooting in his 27 minutes in Boston’s 94-92 win over the Pistons , but it appears he may have returned a bit too soon. Crowder did not return after playing 24 minutes Monday night in Minnesota, scoring four points to go with five rebounds in the win. Ahead of the game, head coach Brad Stevens said that Crowder was no longer on a minutes restriction.READ MORE: Omicron COVID Variant Detected In Massachusetts Woman
If Crowder is shelved for Wednesday night’s game, Marcus Smart or rookie Jaylen Brown will likely take his spot in the starting lineup. Both players should expect to see an uptick in playing time if Crowder can’t go.MORE NEWS: Demand For COVID Vaccinations Rising In Massachusetts With Arrival Of Omicron Variant
In six games this season, Crowder has averaged 11.2 points on 49 percent shooting to go with 5.7 rebounds per game.