Jaylen Brown doubtful for Game 1 against Sixers with hamstring strain

Jaylen Brown doubtful for Game 1 against Sixers with hamstring strain

Jaylen Brown is doubtful for Game 1 against the Sixers on Monday after suffering a Grade 1 hamstring strain in the clinching win over the Bucks on Saturday night.

“He still has some soreness,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters at practice on Sunday. “Didn’t try to do anythign that I know of running-wise today. Did have some testing and that looked good, thankfully. So, doubtful for tomorrow, but I guess he could play. It looks like it could be something that allows him to play as the series goes on.”

Brown’s loss for any length of time would be huge against a Sixers club that was won 20 of its last 21. Brown averaged 20.5 points a game, topping 30 twice, in the first six games against the Bucks, before departing Game 7 with two points in 16 minutes. He said after Saturday’s 112-96 victory that he would do whatever it takes to return for Game 1 — even putting aside a life-long aversion to pills.

“I hate taking pills,” Brown said. “Like, I probably haven’t taken a pill in over 10 years. But they’ve got me taking anti-inflammatories and stuff like that. So just whatever it takes. Because I wouldn’t miss this next series for the world.”

Brown declined to elaborate on his objections.

“I hate doing that,” he said of pills. “I have my own personal reasons for why I don’t do that, but whatever it takes to get back on the floor.”

The Celtics open the conference semifinals on Monday night in Boston. The red-hot Sixers and are flying high behind point forward Ben Simmons and big man Joel Embiid. The Celtics will need Brown’s athleticism to have any chance.

“Yeah, that’s my goal,” he said of returning for Game 1, but it looks like the goal will have to be put on hold. The Celtics are already without point guard Kyrie Irving, big man Daniel Theis, and forward Gordon Hayward.



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