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Jaylen Brown out for season, Boston Celtics forward has torn left wrist ligament will have surgery

MassLive.com logo MassLive.com 5/10/2021 Matt Vautour, masslive.com

Jaylen Brown’s injury-filled season is over.

The Celtics confirmed a Shams Charania report that Brown has a season-ending “Left Scapholunate Ligament Tear” (wrist) and tweeted:

“This past weekend Celtics forward Jaylen Brown was diagnosed with a torn scapholunate ligament in his left wrist. Brown is expected to have the torn ligament surgically repaired later this week, and will be out for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.”

It’s unclear when Brown suffered the injury. He was already sidelined with a sprained ankle.

The Celtics host the Miami Heat, Tuesday at TD Garden. Robert Williams is also listed as doubtful for that game. Boston has four games left in the regular season. The NBA’s Play-In Tournament begins, May 19. Boston, which is currently in seventh place is a likely participant.

There’s no official timetable for his recovery. Brad Stevens will next meet with the media Tuesday evening.

The severity and location of the tear determine the treatment. According to SportsMD.com, in reference to generic scapholunate ligament tear, not Brown’s specifically, recovery can take six months.


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“Return to sport depends on the athlete’s exact injury, surgery, and sport. The athlete should discuss this with their physician. Certainly, leg work and the well arm may be used throughout the recovery process. Return to contact sports may be considered after pin removal with a removable protective brace. Return to contact sports without a brace may be considered at 6 months.”

Brown missed the last three games after his already injured ankle was aggravated by a collision with Jayson Tatum in the Celtics’ loss to Portland on March 2.

He’s missed 10 games this season he’s battled shoulder bursitis, non-COVID-19 illness and hip and knee ailments this season.

With less than a minute left in Sunday’s loss to Portland, Tatum and Brown collided trying to make a play in the final minute and both ended up limping to the locker room. Tatum was fine, but Brown has yet to return.

Brown was in the midst of the best season of his career and was named to the All-Star team for the first time. Brown is averaging 24.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game this season. The Celtics are 5-5 when he doesn’t play.

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