Jaylen Brown Injury Update: What Do Jaylen Brown & Joel Embiid Have in Common?
Boston Celtics All-Star guard Jaylen Brown is expected to “miss some time” after suffering a facial fracture on Wednesday night.
Jaylen Brown Injury Update
The injury occurred when Brown was struck in the upper left cheek by an inadvertent and forceful pointed elbow from teammate Jayson Tatum. The injury left Brown on the ground for a couple of moments before he was escorted to the locker room.
This injury is similar to the one Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid suffered in last year’s playoffs. Embiid suffered an orbital fracture which caused him to miss two playoff games.
Brown is expected to return shortly after the All-Star Break and will likely wear a mask to protect his facial fracture.
While the mask does offer some protection, it can't fully protect the fracture. Any contact with the mask will hurt for a couple of weeks, and a wrong hit could worsen the fracture.
When Embiid returned with the mask on, he was hit in the face by the Heat’s Dewayne Dedmon, leaving Embiid in visible pain on the court. Embiid would return after halftime after suffering a blow to the face.
Brown has been having one of his best seasons with the Celtics, averaging career highs with 26.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game while shooting 48.7% from the field. He’s missed seven games this season with various injuries, but the current Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed is 6-1 without him.
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