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.
#NEBHInjuryReport: Jaylen Brown has been placed in to the NBA’s concussion protocol after his fall during the third quarter of last night’s game against Minnesota. Further updates will be provided as appropriate.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 9, 2018
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.
Appreciate everybody I’m ok .. Got a headache tho 🤕 good team win !!
— Jaylen Brown (@FCHWPO) March 9, 2018
“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.