Celtics Injury Report: New In-season Tournament Courts are Bad News for Jaylen Brown

Published 11/18/2023, 6:29 PM EST

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Jaylen Brown‘s impressive season with the Boston Celtics just hit another roadblock. The shooting guard had previously missed Wednesday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers due to an illness. He then came off the bench for Friday’s meet-up against the Toronto Raptors where he scored the game’s highest 23 points with three rebounds and four assists. His great play along with a little help from Jayson Tatum and Kristaps Porzingis helped the Celtics win 108-105.

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But, unfortunately, during the course of the game, Jaylen Brown slipped on the new in-season tournament court. He injured himself again and will not be able to play for some time.

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The Celtics will face the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum this Sunday night. And Jaylen has been listed as questionable due to the right adductor strain, as per reports from the team’s official social media handle.

The game on Friday was played as part of the NBA’s new In-Season Tournament. Along with prize money and new jerseys, the tournament also featured new courts for every team in the league. There were complaints about the playing conditions of these floors.

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Jaylen Brown was not pleased with the quality of the in-season tournament floor after slipping and said, “I think as players we’re all here for the in-season tournament because it is going to generate revenue, excitement, competition, but we’ve got to ensure the floor is safe to play on”.  

Brown was not the only one who felt this way. Players from both teams expressed their frustrations regarding the floor. But they are not the first as other players have also shared the same concerns about the new courts.

Other players with complaints about the court 

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The Raptors forward Precious Achiuwa also shared Brown’s sentiment as he shared, “I felt myself slip a few times. I think I’m fine with the color. I just want to play basketball. The extra stuff is just extra. I just want to play basketball but at the same time I’m not trying to get hurt.

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After the Dallas Mavericks suffered a 131-110 road loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, Luka Doncic shared that the court was really bad and slippery. He pointed out that if the teams are supposed to play on these courts, they should at least be ensured that they are stable. Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton said that he was sliding everywhere when playing at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse’s blue-and-yellow court against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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With mounting concerns about the conditions, the NBA must take the necessary steps to make these courts safe again. We do not want a repeat of Brown’s case. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know.

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