Boston Celtics down Minnesota Timberwolves to seal playoff berth

Boston Celtics down Minnesota Timberwolves to seal playoff berth

Instead of coming down gracefully on his two feet, as he has so many times before, Brown instead fell flat on his back and neck, folding up violently on the baseline under the basketto the court after a fast-break dunk and landed directly on his back and neck. "I was just happy that he was able to get up and walk on his own power", teammate Al Horford said. The arena went silent after the fall by the second-year small forward, and the Timberwolves expressed just as much concern afterward as the Celtics.

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Boston announced Brown suffered concussion-like symptoms and was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.

Brown had 14 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes for the Celtics, who led 86-74 after three quarters.

That Jaylen Brown is able to walk off and wave to the crowd after that scary fall is remarkable. It was tough to see.

"I was terrified. I mean, I know what that fall is like", said Smart.

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The Boston Celtics guaranteed themselves a trip to the National Basketball Association playoffs with a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Wolves were within five at 88-83 in the fourth quarter, but every other time they were on the verge of cutting the margin to two possessions Irving and the Celtics had an answer on the other end.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens gave a positive update after their win over the Timberwolves stating Brown felt "pretty good" leaving the arena.

The Timberwolves dropped their third in a row despite Nemanja Bjelica's game-high 30 points.

After losing three straight games before the All-Star break, the time off came at a ideal time for the Boston Celtics as they were able to rest and regroup in a bid to return to form for the second half of the season.

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