An entertaining game Sunday night at TD Garden ended with the last thing Boston Celtics fans would see.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown collided near the Celtics’ bench on a Portland Trail Blazers incoming pass with about 40 seconds left in the fourth quarter of Boston’s 129-119 loss.
Brown shouted out in pain and jumped to the locker room on his left leg while Tatum gently walked to the locker room behind his All-Star teammate.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said both players were evaluated after the game.
“Jaylen and Jayson, I have no update on them except they were both seen in their rooms,” Stevens said.
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 he fell on my leg,” Tatum said. “But I have to be okay. See how I feel tomorrow, but it has to be OK.
“I was able to walk off the field alone, so that should be a sign.”
Brown did not speak to the media Sunday night, which could indicate that his injury is more serious than Tatum’s.
Tatum scored a team-high 33 points before his injury and set a franchise record in the process with 128 points over his last three competitions. Brown added 16 points on 6 of 22 shots.
Tatum and Brown have carried the offensive load for Boston this season, so their injuries will be worth closely monitoring along the stretch.