BOSTON – As the Boston Celtics suffered a 129-119 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers at TD Garden on Sunday night, much more worrying was the status of star guard Jaylan Brown, who limped off the court without straining. his right foot after an awkward collision with teammate and All-Star teammate Jason Tatum with 40.4 seconds left in the game.
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“I don’t have any updates for them,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens told Brown and Tatum, saying he only knew both players had been watched by the team’s doctors after the game.
However, Tatum spoke to the media after the race and said he was feeling well.
“I should be good,” said Tatum, who tracked his career-high 60-point performance on Friday night against visiting San Antonio Spurs with 33 points in 37 minutes on Sunday night, adding that he hoped Brown was well. . “We’ll see how I feel tomorrow.”
Brown and Tatum’s late injuries overshadowed a wildly fun game in which both teams shot 50 percent or better of 3 points, with Portland (36-28), now winners of four straight, receiving 33 points from CJ McCollum and 26 by Damian Lillard.
In the fourth quarter, however, two games helped speed things up in Portland’s favor: a call to goalkeeper Tristan Thompson, who looked a good basket with 7:27; and Marcus Smart was knocked out with 1:56 to continue after hitting Yusuf Nurkic in the groin.
After the game, Stevens said he was told he hadn’t challenged Thompson’s call in time, something referee Sean Wright, chief of staff for Sunday night’s match, confirmed in a reporter’s interview with a billiards reporter.
“During a live game, the ball was touched by Thompson and was thought to be in the top hat at the time,” Wright said, explaining why the call was made.
“The challenging team has to call a legal timeout and signal the coach’s challenge. When coach Stevens called a timeout, the ball was already in play with Portland’s possession, so we couldn’t give Boston a timeout.”
As for Smart, Wright said his contact with Nurkic (who was called in for an offensive foul in the game) was considered unsportsmanlike, thus winning Smart on his sixth throw-in in his career.
“It was a physical game,” Stevens said. “I haven’t seen the replay yet. I’ll look at the replay and then turn to it internally. But obviously it’s a big game at a big time.”
Boston guard Evan Fournier, meanwhile, who has struggled since returning from a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, scored 21 points in an 8-for-10 shot, including 5 for 7 from a 3-point range.
Fournier, who has made a total of eight shots (including four three-pointers) in the five games he has played since returning to the court on April 23 (he shot a combined 8 for 37 overall and 4 for 21 of 3), said he felt as a concussion after a positive diagnosis and that this affected his vision and depth.
“I felt really weird, to be honest,” Fournier said. “My plan was to stop talking about it to help me, but the thing is, I’m having a concussion. It’s actually getting a little better right now; but at first, the bright lights bothered my eyes and my vision was blurred.
“Everything was just going too fast for me. It’s still like that. Some things are better, but sometimes I really try to focus and my eyes keep trying to focus on one thing. My deep perception is really bad. But I saw a specialist and she gave me some exercises and I hope she will be fine. “
Fournier, whom the Celtics (34-31) acquired at the deadline for trading, using the trade exception generated when Gordon Hayward signed with Charlotte Hornets out of season, said that although he was not 100 percent, the fact that he was physically healthy means he felt he had to be on the court with his new teammates.
“I mean, that’s the thing,” Fournier said. “With this thing with COVID, the truth is doctors and everyone, they really have no idea. It’s so new. But the things I experience, obviously a third of people after COVID also have these symptoms. So it’s not an isolated case. But as I said, in time it will get better.Some people have lost their taste in food and smell.For me it’s just my awareness and all that.It’s part of the senses.
“But it’s going to get better. It’s a little better now. But I’m going to keep working. I can’t just download games or train because I don’t feel good mentally. If my body is available, it needs to be available.”