BOSTON (CBS) — Playing basketball on a bad ankle is hard enough. Now imagine having to play on two bad ankles.
That is life for Jaylen Brown at the moment. But those two bum ankles won’t keep the Celtics swingman out of the last two games ahead of the NBA All-Star break.
Brown was questionable to play in Sunday’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder with a sprained right ankle, but still went out and scored 17 points in 34 minutes. In doing so, Brown hurt his left ankle. Kid just can’t catch a break.
“I rolled my left one trying to compensate for the right one. I don’t know what side to limp on right now,” Brown joked after Boston’s 112-111 win.
Brown said it’s been a frustrating few weeks as he’s dealt with the right ankle injury, though it really hasn’t hurt his play on the floor. Last week, for the second time this season, Brown earned Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors.
And the bad ankles won’t keep him out of the lineup ahead of the All-Star break, not with huge matchups against two of the best teams in the Western Conference. Brown did not practice in Houston on Monday, but told reporters that he’s going to play when the Celtics visit the Rockets on Tuesday night.
“We need two big wins. I’ll push through it,” said Brown, via The Athletic’s Jared Weiss. “I’ll be alright.”
It certainly sounds like he intends on playing Thursday night when the L.A. Clippers visit Boston. After that, Brown will get a few days off for the NBA All-Star break.
For the season, Brown is averaging 20.2 points on a career-high 49.4 percent shooting to go with 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Boston has won seven straight heading into Tuesday night’s tilt with the 33-20 Rockets.