Did the Celtics Just Survive a Scare of Serious Injuries to Both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown?

Published 05/02/2021, 11:43 PM EDT
May 2, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) and guard Jaylen Brown (7) fall to the ground as head coach Brad Stevens looks on as they take on the Portland Trail Blazers in the fourth quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports


The Celtics and the Blazers met in a desperate clash on Sunday night, where the latter came out as the ultimate winner. Both the teams sit on the #7 seed of their respective conferences and face the insecurity that comes with it. 

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Just as the Blazers won the battle 129-119, the C’s lost more than just the match. They witnessed a scary final sequence of the play, and that was the last thing the Greens wanted out of this clash. 

Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and a frightening collision 

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During the clutch time, with under 45 seconds to go in the game, the two Celtics forwards went cruising into one another. The Blazers were leading 126-119 when Jaylen Brown rushed to steal an outside pass from #00 Carmelo Anthony towards #24 Norman Powell.

It was during this same fraction of a second when Jayson Tatum was screening #0 Damian Lillard and instead received a mistaken kick from his teammate. Take a look at what happened –

Now, the injury, from the looks of it, appeared painful as Brown used shoulder support to walk off the court. On the other hand, Tatum went out on his own but with a visible limping.

Now, the Celtics would not want to see any of these two names to sit out, even for one game. 

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What are the stakes for the Celtics?

The Blazers’ offense-heavy win over the C’s exposed the blocking woes for the Boston-based franchise. Brad Stevens’ men allowed 106 points for the Blazers’ starting five and that cost them heavily, especially in the second leg of the game.

Although the C’s were impressive from the three-point range, the 18 turnovers held them back. 

Now, ignoring the Celtics’ easy upcoming game against the Magic, they have a tough week ahead. Also, they’d not want to close at #7 and risk facing Russell Westbrook’s Wizards in the potential play-in clash.

So, the team will want their star forwards to play every single game from here. Jayson Tatum with his 26.4 average and Jaylen Brown with his 24.8 make up for 50+ points a game and the Greens desperately need that coming.

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On a positive note, star forward Taco later in the post-game interview signaled that he is mostly well.

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Do you think the Celtics can get back to the top six terrain? Help us know in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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