Jared Weiss of The Athletic says that Boston Celtics guard Malcolm Brogdon has been playing in the Eastern Conference Finals despite a partially torn muscle in his right arm.
He sustained the injury during Game 1 of Boston’s series against the Miami Heat, which the Celtics are now behind 3-1. The tendon leaves his right elbow and travels into his right forearm.
He apparently first had golfer’s elbow pain, but while fighting Kevin Love, he tore the tendon. Since then, Brogdon named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year during the regular season, has continued playing through the discomfort.
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He has only scored two points in his last two games, and his series-long shooting percentage is 3-of-14. He has scaled back his pregame warmup routine to help manage the pain, and in recent games, he has focused more on hitting the basket.
During the regular season, Brogdon was one of the NBA’s top 3-point shooters, connecting on 44.4% of his tries. In part to solve offensive issues that surfaced during the Eastern Conference Finals of last year, the Celtics decided to acquire Brogdon in the first place.
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The Celtics regularly appeared disjointed in the half-court and frequently made unnecessary turnovers. The experienced point guard, Brogdon, with a high basketball IQ, was meant to help alleviate such issues.
He has struggled to have the same influence on games as he had during the regular season due to his injuries. Marcus Smart and Derrick White are still on the Celtics’ roster, although the latter had struggled when Jimmy Butler tried to switch him.
At the same time, the former can be a relatively unpredictable offensive performer. The Celtics didn’t need this serious injury since one loss would be enough to terminate Boston’s season.