Third overall draft pick Jaylen Brown suffers injury setback during Summer League game

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The Boston Celtics have one of the youngest rosters in the NBA at present with an average age of just 25.4, and, a lot of their talent was expected to roll out for the Summer League in the coming months.

However, the most successful franchise in NBA history - with 17 titles - has suffered a couple of setbacks in the early going of their summer endeavours.

Boston managed to beat hosts Utah Jazz 89-82 last night, but they lost their third overall draft pick Jaylen Brown to a hyperextended knee during the encounter.

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They are already without second-year big man Jordan Mickey, who went down with an injured shoulder blocking a shot in practice before they made the trip to Utah.

That leaves rookie Guerschon Yabusele as an undersized option at the pivot and the Celtics are certainly lacking in height until Mickey's return. In regards to Brown, Boston could be bereft of their headlining youngster for a couple of games, too.

"Jaylen hyperextended his knee [Monday], so he's not going to play," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "So it'll be a great opportunity for everybody else to play more."

Stevens' diplomatic statement is right in many ways, especially with the plethora of draft picks that Boston had this year. It's a good chance for players to hit the court and maximise their chances, but it's a shame Brown will not be able to find his feet with a spot on the rotation looming.

Summer League coach Micah Shrewsberry thinks erring on the side of caution is best for everyone concerned in this instance.

"I don't think it's bad," Shrewsberry said. "It's summer league. He doesn't need to [rush] anything like that right now. We got a lot of games still this summer. It's kinda precautionary; just let him rest. Rest, then another day off, then he'll be back for the next one."

Stevens is keeping his eye on the progress of Mickey and still harbours hopes of the big man donning the court this summer. In turn, that should relieve the pressure from Guerschon's novice shoulders.

"Mick, from everything I've been told, the MRI looks good," Stevens said. "It doesn't sound like it was a subluxation like we talked about with Kelly [Olynyk]. It sounds like he's going to go through a light workout [Tuesday], probably another workout [Wednesday] and then, if all goes well, he'll be on a plane to Vegas."

"The idea behind summer league, when we first got together after the draft, was for Jordan to get a lot of time and for Jordan to get a lot of opportunity," Stevens said. "And it's kinda pushed Guerschon into an unfavourable position, from the standpoint that he's really our one true guy with size. ... When Jordan gets back, that'll help both those guys."

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