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One, crucial piece of the Boston Celtics is reportedly enduring a critical injury with the club continuing its exploits this 2023 postseason.

According to Jared Weiss of The Athletic, Malcolm Brogdon is dealing with a partial tear in the tendon coming out of his right elbow that leads into his forearm. 

Per anonymous team sources who informed Weiss, Brogdon sustained the tendon injury back in Game 1 of their Conference Finals matchup against the Miami Heat wherein he had a box-out battle over Kevin Love. 

Added by Weiss, Brogdon has been dealing with golfer’s elbow soreness since the Celtics’ East Semis battle against the 76ers, but an MRI after Game 1 with the Heat has confirmed that the veteran guard exacerbated the injury and has torn his tendon on the said play with the big man. He is expected to evaluate his condition and whether he’ll take surgery in the offseason.

The reigning Sixth Man of the Year this season, Brogdon has been a crucial bench production provider for Boston this playoff. But after averaging 16 points, 4.4 boards, and 3.3 assists in seven grueling games against the Sixers, he is now struggling offensively facing the Heat by tallying just 8.5 points in 35.3 percent shooting in the last four games. This only indicates that his tendon tear ultimately hinders his capabilities to perform as the C’s face a potential early series exit in the hands of the eight-seed Miami.

In the Celtics’ 128-102 humiliating Game 3 loss, Brogdon’s production was nonexistent with a scoreless performance in six field goal attempts for over 18 minutes of exposure.

Pointed out by Weiss, Brogdon still intends to play through his elbow issue with the Celtics still on the cusp of elimination even though evading a sweep back in Game 4 on Tuesday.

Game 5 of the Conference Finals set is set on Thursday in TD Garden.