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MIAMI — Before the Celtics faced the Heat on Wednesday night, forward Jaylen Brown winced as he sat down in a chair at his locker, and then winced again as he slowly and gingerly stood up and walked across the room. Brown missed his second consecutive game because of back spasms, and he said the pain remains pronounced.

“I’ve never experienced it [like this] where it’s hard to bend down, it’s hard to stand up or put your socks on,” Brown said. “ I’ve had it where I landed on my back and had injuries where I fell. That was like a bruise, but this is more muscular I think than anything.”


Brown said the spasms began at the team’s shootaround on Monday morning, when he reached down and it felt like his back was cramping up. Then he reached down again and said his back “locked up,” from severe spasms.

He has been treated with physical therapy and muscle relaxers in recent days, and he went through some mobility tests, but the pain has not subsided. He said it remains difficult to move his torso.

“Like, I’m uncomfortable just sitting down right now,” Brown said. “It’s like my back feels like it’s just like squeezing together. It’s hard to reach over, hard to move to the left, move to the right. It’s like a sharp pain, plus the tightness.”

Nevertheless, Brown remains hopeful he will be able to play against the Pacers on Friday. Brown suffered a lower back bruise after taking a hard fall in the Celtics’ Nov. 24 game against the Mavericks and missed three games. He also dealt with back spasms during that time.

Marcus Morris missed Wednesday’s game with a sore knee. He said there has been some “on and off” soreness recently, but that he was mostly sitting for precautionary reasons.


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