2018 NBA Playoffs

Jaylen Brown doubtful for Game 1 vs. Sixers but could play early during series

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WALTHAM -- Jaylen Brown is not expected to play during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Sixers, but the 21-year-old seems to have avoided a lengthy absence after suffering a hamstring injury on Saturday night against the Bucks.

Brad Stevens said tests on the left hamstring came back negative on Sunday, but the shooting guard remains sore less than 24 hours after suffering the injury.

"The last email I saw (from team doctors) is he still has some soreness," Stevens said. "Didn't try to do anything, that I know of, running-wise today. He did have some testing, and that looked good, thankfully. Doubtful for tomorrow. But I guess he could play ... (and) it looks like it could be something that allows him to play as the series goes on."

With Brown likely to be out, the C's will consider a variety of options in Brown's place of the starting five against a Sixers team that have won 19 of their last 20 games.