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Jaylen Brown will not return to Tuesday’s game vs. Hawks due to ankle injury

The Celtics small forward walked off on his own power but will not play the rest of the way.

Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics dribbles the ball during the game against the Atlanta Hawks on March 1, 2022 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images

Update: Brown will not to return to Tuesday’s game against the Hawks, according to the team.

The Boston Celtics got a scare early in Tuesday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks as small forward Jaylen Brown went to the locker room with an ankle injury. Brown is Boston’s second leading scorer this season and a crucial part of the team on both sides of the ball.

With Brown’s status unknown, look for Jayson Tatum to be the primary offensive option to an even greater degree for this game. Aaron Nesmith and Sam Hauser could be secondary options at the small forward spot, with Nesmith likely to get more minutes. If Brown cannot return, look for Derrick White to get more involved in the offense.

Brown is averaging 23.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game this season. He was in the subject of trade talks with the Celtics struggling ahead of the deadline, but the team has been able to pull it together. Boston is the No. 6 seed in the East at the moment and has won eight of its last 10 games.