Maxwell: Jaylen Brown Injury Scarier Than Gordon Hayward

On Celtics Beat, radio commentator details Brown's night after he walked off under his own power.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 08: Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics is checked on by team officials and teammate Al Horford #42 after a hard fall during the fourth quarter of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 8, 2018 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Jaylen Brown has been placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol following a scary injury Thursday night in Minnesota.

All things considered, Brown is a lucky, lucky man.

The second year swingman came crashing to the floor landing on the back of his head and neck following a two handed dunk.

For players and fans the scene was eerily similar to opening night in Cleveland when Gordon Hayward went up then came down awkwardly suffering a gruesome – and likely – season ending leg injury.

But according to Celtics radio color commentator Cedric Maxwell who witnessed both injuries first hand, Brown’s could have been “a disaster.”

Maxwell was a guest on the most recent episode of Celtics Beat with Adam Kaufman on the CLNS Media Network.  To both broadcasters, this fall was far scarier than Hayward’s. They felt the way his neck and head came into contact with the floor was potentially life-threatening.


“Lot of people have broken bones in their lives,” said Maxwell. “But to break a neck, a back, a vertebrae in that area. To me, that is life-altering. That was the major thing I looked at.”

However, unlike Hayward’s extended rehab from a broken leg and dislocated ankle, Maxwell doesn’t expect Brown to miss much time.

“No, I don’t think it will be [an extended absence,]” he said on Celtics Beat. “If it was going to be a longer term prognosis, I think he wouldn’t have walked off the floor. He wouldn’t have been on the team plane going back home with us last night, and walking down the steps and getting in his car and going home.”

Maxwell did clarify that he didn’t physically see Brown drive himself. It is typical for players to have a driver or friend there to take them, regardless.

The Celtics do get an extra day off tomorrow, before playing the Indiana Pacers at home Sunday at 7:30 p.m. There is not currently any definitive status on Brown for that game, but stay tuned to CLNSMedia.com for the latest.