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Evan Fournier admitted he’s still experiencing some difficulties as he’s making his playing recovery from COVID-19. The Boston Celtics’ guard claimed that ‘it’s been a painful comeback’ for him after the game between his team and Portland.


“My plan was to stop talking about it so it might help me, but the thing is, it’s like I have a concussion,” Fournier said. “Right now it’s actually doing a little bit better, but at first, the bright lights were bothering my eyes and my vision was blurry. Everything was just going too fast for me.”

Fournier had his best game in Celtics’ uniform as he registered 21 points, five rebounds and three assists, on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, in Boston’s 129-119 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.

“It’s been a painful comeback, to say the least,” Fournier said. “But what matters is that we build momentum going to the playoffs, and we need to keep playing hard. Tonight was tough, but we need those wins.”

The Celtics dropped to 34-31 with seven games to go for the end of the regular season. Brad Steven’s team is hoping to avoid the play-in tournament chasing Miami and Atlanta, who are sixth and fifth in the East, respectively.