Jaylen Brown takes scary fall

Jaylen Brown

Irving returned from a one-game absence to help Boston fend off Minnesota, finishing with 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in a 117-109 victory over the Timberwolves on Thursday that clinched a spot in the playoffs for the Celtics.

On Thursday, Jaylen Brown was on the break when he completed a dunk, but came down straight on his head with a awkward fall and it was all bad. After completing the dunk, the basket flicked up and Brown lost his grip, flipping backwards to the ground, where his upper body struck the court and he laid dazed before Al Horford ran to his side.

Medical personnel brought out a stretcher, but Brown was eventually able to get to his feet with some assistance, and he walked off the court to standing ovation in Minnesota.

Brown, who left the arena to undergo a CT scan, has rejoined the team.

LeBron James weighed in on Twitter with a tip of the cap for Brown.

Russell Westbrook had 27 points, eight rebounds and nine assists as the Thunder crushed the Suns, 115-87.

The Raptors still hold a two-game lead over the Celtics, but there's plenty of basketball left. He was sent to the hospital for evaluation for concussion-like symptoms, per the Celtics.




"I was terrified. I mean, I know what that fall is like", said Smart.

"Our trainer said when he left the locker room he was feeling good, moving OK and in good spirits", Stevens said.

Brown will be out indefinitely, the Celtics said Friday. "I was just happy he was able to get up and walk off because that was one of the worst falls I've seen", he said after the game.

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In just over 28 minutes of action against the Timberwolves, Brown scored 14 points, with five rebounds and a plus/minus of +14.

Towns finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford pitched in 15 points off the bench.

After losing three straight games before the All-Star break, the time off came at a ideal time for the Boston Celtics as they were able to rest and regroup in a bid to return to form for the second half of the season.

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