Celtics’ Jae Crowder sprains ankle, out at least a week

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The Celtics are already without Al Horford for a couple of games (at least) with a concussion.

Now comes the news versatile starting forward and key defender Jae Crowder is going to miss some time as well, due to a sprained ankle. You can see the second quarter play against the Bulls where it happened above: Crowder got the ball at the arc and went up like he was going to shoot, but as Rajon Rondo closed he decided to turn his body mid-air and pass to Isaiah Thomas. When Crowder lands, he rolls his left ankle pretty badly. He hops straight to the locker room.

Team officials said he’s out at least a week, according to A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com. Which is bad news with the Cavaliers up next on the schedule. Here is what coach Brad Stevens said after the game.

“I don’t think we’re into it enough to make an assessment on that timeline,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “It doesn’t sound like he’ll be back any time soon.”

We don’t know the grade of the sprain yet, but it looked nasty and may have him out more than a week.

Expect Stevens to mix and match lineups with Crowder out. Jaylen Brown, James Young, Jonas Jerebko, and Terry Rozier all could see a little more court time, depending on matchups.