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Boston Celtics second-year guard Jaylen Brown suffered a terrifying fall following a breakaway dunk late in the third quarter of Thursday's game in Minneapolis.
Brown, with his momentum carrying him forward, hung onto the rim a bit too long and fell. His head and neck made first contact with the floor.
After several minutes, he was able to walk off under his own power.
Brown was ruled out for the remainder of the game and was evaluated for a possible concussion, according to the Celtics. After he was evaluated for concussion-like symptoms, Brown was taken to a hospital for a CT scan and other testing, coach Brad Stevens said. He rejoined the team after the game and traveled back to Boston Thursday night.
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"Our trainer said when he left the locker room he was feeling good, moving OK and in good spirits," Stevens said.
Stevens said if the doctors found any reason for concern, Brown would stay overnight in Minnesota and fly back to Boston on Friday.
"But they're not anticipating that," he said, "so that's a good thing."
He had 14 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes before the fall.
Players and coaches from both teams watched in shock as trainers and team officials tended to Brown. It was much the same reaction as Celtics players had on opening night when forward Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome ankle injury.
"It was just tough to see. I was just happy that he was able to get up and walk on his own power," teammate Al Horford said. "That's probably one of the worst falls I've seen."
After several minutes Brown stood up and walked off as the Target Center crowd applauded. Brown raised his left hand acknowledging their sportsmanship.
Brown was fouled on the play. Horford took the free throw. Boston won 117-109 to clinch a playoff spot.
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