The Celtics reconvened for shootaround on Monday morning in New Orleans ahead of their showdown with Anthony Davis tonight, putting the final preparation in place for the matchup that will come without Jaylen Brown for Boston. The shooting guard suffered a bruised back after taking a hard fall in the closing moments on Saturday's loss against the Mavericks. X-Rays came out negative but the 22-year-old is 'very sore' according to Brad Stevens so he will watch the finale of the road trip from the sidelines.
Thankfully for Brown and the Celtics, the schedule eases up in a big way after tonight from a volume standpoint. There are just three games played over the next week and a half, including a three-day break from tonight until the next matchup (Friday). That window should give Brown plenty of time to heal without further aggravating the injury.
In the meantime though, the Celtics are still in search of consistency after an uneven 20 games to start the year. Brad Stevens has made a number of tweaks to the starting lineup in recent weeks, moving Gordon Hayward to the bench while trying out starting lineups that include Aron Baynes and Marcus Morris.
With Brown out of the mix on Saturday night, a few possibilities remain in play for the C's, including one I have wanted to see for a couple weeks now. Let's look at what Stevens will be weighing as he adjusts to Brown's absence: