Celtics Receive Brutal Injury Update On Star Ahead Of Game 5

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Boston Celtics guard Malcolm Brogdon has been playing through the NBA playoffs with a partial tear in the tendon coming out of his right elbow that leads into his forearm, according to Jared Weiss of The Athletic.

Brogdon suffered the injury in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat. The Sixth Man of the Year intends to keep playing and is expected to evaluate whether he will need surgery after the season.

“Brogdon suffered the injury in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, according to the sources, who were granted anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record,” Weiss wrote. “The Celtics guard was initially dealing with golfer’s elbow soreness during the second-round series against Philadelphia, but an MRI after Game 1 against the Heat determined he exacerbated the injury by tearing the tendon in boxing out Miami Heat big Kevin Love midway through the first quarter.”

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Brogdon is averaging 8.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists against the Heat while shooting 35.3% from the field, 21.4% from beyond the arc, and 77.8% from the free-throw line. The former Rookie of the Year is struggling to shoot since he has pain and swelling in his arm and wrist.

The Celtics are one loss away from their season coming to an end, as they are down 3-1 to the Heat. The team does have some momentum after winning Game 4 on the road in Miami. Game 5 is back in Boston at the TD Garden.

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“I think when your backs are against the wall, you have to rely on one another,” Celtics big man Al Horford said after Game 4. “Through ups and downs this year, as a group, we’ve remained together. It shouldn’t be no different right now.”

The Celtics are looking to become the first team in NBA history to win a series after trailing 3-0.

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