Celtics GM Ainge concerned about Jaylen Brown’s tendinitis

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge is reportedly concerned about Jaylen Brown. The shooting guard has tendonitis in his knee.

He recently missed two games with what the team called “knee soreness.” Ainge does not have long term concerns about his tendinitis.

Boston Celtics swingman Jaylen Brown dunks against the New Orleans Pelicans
Jaylen Brown dunks against the New Orleans Pelicans (Getty Images)

“We’re concerned,” Ainge said. “Jaylen has tendonitis in his left knee. We’re concerned about it. We’re doing everything we can. Giving him the two-day rest isn’t going to cure it, it’s just going to lighten the road.”

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Brown is in his fifth season with the Celtics. This past season, he has made 21 starts.

He’s averaging 26.7 points per game. So far, he’s off to a career-high through the 21 starts.

JB is averaging 14.1 points per game in his career. He is also averaging 4.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game.

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“We hear a lot about load-management, and load-management prevents tendinopathy,” Ainge also said. “It’s interesting, in my career when I was playing 37, 36 minutes a game in my ’20s, that part of my career, I had the tendinitis pretty consistently. And once I started playing 22, 24 minutes a game later in my career in my ’30s, I didn’t have it anymore. So we’re keeping an eye on it.

“It’s a very common thing among NBA players, tendinitis in that patella tendon. We’ll just keep tabs on it the best we can and try to get the best version of Jaylen that we can.”

Brown has been battling tendinitis for the past two weeks.

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“I haven’t seen the images of it and haven’t spent much time talking to our doctors about it yet,” Ainge said. “I look forward to catching up with them as they return from the road now, probably even tonight.

“I don’t know how serious it is. But I have been given no reason to be concerned about anything long term. As I said, I had it all the time and you can just play with it. You usually have to get it warming up pretty good and you can function, but yeah, I don’t think there are any long-term concerns at all.”

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