BOSTON — The Celtics will continue their pursuit of NBA history without their Sixth Man of the Year.
Brogdon, who only played 8 minutes in Boston’s 110-97 Game 5 victory, has been ruled out for Game 6 in Miami with what the team is calling a right forearm strain. It will be the first playoff game Brogdon has missed this year.
The Athletic’s Jared Weiss reports that the 30-year-old guard has been battling a partial tear in an elbow tendon. According to a team source, the UVA product was already dealing with golfer’s elbow soreness during Boston’s second-round battle with Philadelphia and exacerbated the injury by boxing out Miami’s Kevin Love during Game 1.
“The Sixth Man of the Year has struggled with pain and swelling in his arm and wrist, which has limited his ability to shoot comfortably in this series,” writes Weiss.
After averaging an efficient 15 points per game on .574 shooting in the regular season, Brogdon’s offense has cratered against Miami. The point guard has only made one field goal and has been limited to under 20 minutes per game since the Heat claimed a 2-0 series lead.
While the Celtics plan to be without a guard, the Heat plan to be bolstered by the return of their primary ball handler, Gabe Vincent. Vincent turned his left ankle in the fourth quarter of Miami’s Game 4 loss to Boston. He briefly returned to that game before resting the final 3:40 of a blowout but is expected to suit up tonight.
If the Celtics steal a second game in Miami this series, Boston will become only the fourth team in NBA history to force a Game 7 after trailing 3-0 in a series, joining the 1951 New York Knicks, 1994 Denver Nuggets and 2003 Portland Trailblazers. No team has ever won a series after trailing 3-0.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.
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