A fun game on Sunday night at TD Garden ended with the last thing Boston Celtics fans wanted to see.
Jason Tatum and Jaylan Brown collided near the Celtics bench on an incoming pass from the Portland Trail Blazers, remaining about 40 seconds in the fourth quarter of Boston’s 129-119 loss.
Brown cried out in pain and jumped to the locker room on his left foot as Tatum walked carefully to the locker room behind his All-Star teammate.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said both players are being evaluated after the game.
“Jaylan and Jason, I don’t have any news about them, except that they were both in their rooms watching each other,”
Tatum spoke to reporters after Stevens and seemed optimistic that his own injury was not serious.
“We just collided and he stepped on my foot and fell on my foot,” Tatum said. “But I have to be fine. See how I feel tomorrow, but I have to be fine.
“I managed to get off the court myself, so that must be a sign.”
Brown did not speak to the media on Sunday night, which may suggest that his injury is more serious than Tatum’s.
Tatum scored 33 points with a high team before his injury and set a franchise record in the process with 128 points in his last three races. Brown added 16 points in 6 of 22 shots.
Tatum and Brown have inflicted an offensive load on Boston this season, so their injuries will be worth watching closely.