Jaylen has been out since March 8th, when he went up for a monster slam against the Minnesota Timberwolves and came down hard and awkwardly on what looked like his spine. It was a scary fall, and fortunately, he was able to walk off of the court without any assistance. Jaylen showed concussion-like symptoms, and has been under the league's concussion protocol ever since.
Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown crashed heavily to the floor on to his head after a dunk last night. He was diagnosed with a concussion and is currently under the NBA’s concussion protocol 🤕 pic.twitter.com/1nK0HsSVvn
In the following game versus the Indiana Pacers, Kyrie tweaked his knee in the contest's first half. He was on the court for 16 minutes of the game's first 24, and put up 7 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist in his time on the floor. He didn't return after halftime, and hasn't played a minute since.
Not much info has been released regarding the extent of Irving's injury, but Brad Stevens assured us that he's slowly progressing.
Brad Stevens on Kyrie Irving (out - knee soreness): “I think he’s feeling better and better. He just doesn’t feel 100%. Until then, he’ll remain out.”
At this point in the season, the Celtics are playing a waiting game. They're in No Man's Land. They have a comfortable six game lead on the Cleveland Cavaliers for the two seed, and are five games behind the Toronto Raptors for the one spot. I think it's fair to say that with twelve games left, they won't catch the Raps, and similarly, are safe from the Cavs.
Feels like a weird time for the Celtics now. With nowhere to really go in the standings, kind of just waiting to get healthy and waiting for the playoffs. But there’s still almost a month of waiting left.