Jae Crowder left Sunday's game with tingling in elbow; set for MRI today

In the 3rd quarter of Sunday's blowout win over the New York Knicks Jae Crowder left the game with soreness and a tingling feeling in his left elbow. An X-ray taken at the arena came back negative for any structural damage but Crowder is set to undergo an MRI back in Boston sometime on Monday.

Crowder spoke after the game on the elbow. Via Chris Forsberg of ESPN:

"It started tingling. Not really, like, excruciating pain. It was just a weird-type feeling," said Crowder, who checked out of the game late in the third quarter and couldn't recall a specific play on which he might have hurt himself. "I've never had anything happen like that to my elbow, so I got an X-ray. The X-ray was OK but I'll probably get an MRI when I get back to Boston.

"How concerned am I? I mean, I'm worried about it. I want to see what they say. The X-ray said pretty much nothing structural, so that was a good sign. But it was weird. The doctor was saying it was weird, too. Just swelling on the inside of my elbow. I don't know what it is."

Jae's status for Wednesday night's showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers will obviously be up in the air pending the results of the MRI, and perhaps Brad Stevens and the Celtics medical staff will prefer to play it safe and give him some time off regardless of what the scan shows. An injury that didn't come from any particular contact is worrisome, and if the Celtics were to be missing Crowder for any portion of the playoffs it would be a huge blow to a team riding high in first place right now.

Stay tuned for an update on the MRI sometime later today.

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