Jaylen Brown able to leave court on his own after hard fall

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins and Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins and Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown

Boston Celtics second-year swingman Jaylen Brown walked off the court on his own Thursday after taking a hard fall late in the third quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"That's one of the goals", Irving said. "We were just happy to see him on his feet and walking off on his own".

The Boston Celtics are not ready to concede the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed to the Toronto Raptors just yet.

"I was terrified. I mean, I know what that fall is like", said backup Marcus Smart. "I've done that fall in high school the exact same way". And then for him to get up, that's a strong kid, man.

It was actually Nemanja Bjelica (30 points and 12 rebounds) and Taj Gibson (18 points) who did much of the offensive legwork when Minnesota trimmed an 18-point deficit in the third quarter to five at a point in the fourth, but Boston pulled away in the closing stretch. It was effective right out of the gates, as the Celtics poured in 35 points in the first quarter and never relinquished the lead in the final three. Rose spent his first eight National Basketball Association years in Chicago, five with Thibodeau as his head coach.

Irving, the five-time All-Star whose first season with the Celtics has been stellar save for some minor injuries, was good to go after sitting out at Chicago on Monday to rest a sore left knee that was aggravated in the previous game.

Shooting guard Corey Brewer, acquired last week after he was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers, got the starting nod and provided 17 points as the Thunder posted their first double-digit victory since February 11. Wiggins went 6 of 21 from the field and had four turnovers to go along with 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists. He had four turnovers. They finished off a 2-1 trip, and claimed an impressive road win against a very good opponent. Get the app and get the game. The blockbuster Kyrie Irving trade seems to have been a genuine shot in the arm for the Celtics, as the point guard continues to leave opponents with broken ankles with the same dexterity that he displayed in the first 6 seasons of his career.

"He gets to his launch pad, he can get up there with the best of them", Irving said.

A key to Boston's victory was the production from their second unit as they outscored the T-Wolves bench 42-20.

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