Boston Celtics shooting guard Malcolm Brogdon halfway through Game 5, and was later ruled doubtful to return by the team. It was reported earlier in the week that the Atlanta native was playing through a torn tendon in his right arm, although he hasn’t missed any time so far with the injury. Payton Pritchard and Derrick White picked up Brogdon’s minutes in his absence.
Brogdon has been a critical offensive piece for the Celtics all season long, providing shooting and playmaking off the bench. He earned Sixth Man of the Year Award honors as such, although his shooting has been down considerably in this Eastern Conference finals round.
Boston is looking to erase a 3-0 series deficit, and would become the first team in NBA history to do so. Miami has looked like the better team through most of the series, but the Celtics have perhaps begun to turn the tide. Being without such a valuable veteran for any long period of time would be a challenge for Boston’s chances at mounting any sort of comeback.
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