The Boston Celtics’ toughness and perseverance despite all of their injury issues is a true marvel and testament to their coaching and the heart of their players on the roster.
Despite being without Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Daniel Theiss, the Celtics managed to win their first round series with the Milwaukee Bucks in 7 games and now will head into a difficult second round match-up with the scorching-hot Philadelphia 76ers.
They will also likely have to do so in Game 1 without starting shooting guard Jaylen Brown.
Brad Stevens says Jaylen Brown is doubtful for Game 1. But he "did have some testing, and that looked good, thankfully. … It looks like it could be something that allows him to play as the series goes on." pic.twitter.com/AM9XaCWt8a
— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) April 29, 2018
Brown suffered the injury in the 2nd quarter of Game 7 but still could be available to play for the Celtics in Game 2.
To give you a frame of reference on how valuable Brown was in the first round for the Celtics, he had one of the best series performances for a player of his age in league history…
Jaylen Brown is doing things in the playoffs that haven't been done in 8 years ? pic.twitter.com/Qv3cpkvO7O
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 22, 2018
Boston needs Brown back as soon as possible if they want to have an opportunity to take down the 76ers and return to the eastern conference finals for the second consecutive season.