Malcolm Brogdon injury update: Celtics guard playing through partially torn tendon in elbow

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On the eve of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, it has been revealed that Boston Celtics guard Malcolm Brogdon has been dealing with an ongoing injury throughout the series.

Brogdon is reportedly playing through a "partial tear in the tendon coming out of his right elbow," according to a report from The Athletic. 

With the Celtics on the brink of elimination and one of their key contributors struggling with injury, The Sporting News has you covered with the latest updates on his injury.

Malcolm Brogdon injury update

According to a report from The Athletic's Jared Weiss, Brogdon suffered the injury in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat.

Brogdon had reportedly been struggling with "golfer's elbow soreness" in their Celtics' second-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers, however, he "exacerbated the injury by tearing the tendon" as he boxed out Heat forward Kevin Love in Game 1.

The 30-year-old was listed as 'probable' on the injury report ahead of Game 2, before being cleared to play. 

After playing 37 minutes in Game 1 and shooting 2-of-4 from the 3-point line, Brogdon has averaged just 20.3 minutes across the next three games, struggling with his shooting, going 1-of-10 from deep through Games 2 to 4.

After being named Sixth Man of the Year with averages of 14.9 points on 44.4 percent from the 3-point line, he hasn't been able to replicate that production in the Eastern Conference Finals, putting up just 8.5 points on 21.4 percent from deep. 

Will Brogdon be available for Game 5?

Brogdon has not been listed on the injury report for Game 5 and is expected to continue playing through the injury. 

As reported by Weiss, he is "expected to evaluate whether he will need surgery after the season.

Celtics vs. Heat schedule

Here is the complete schedule for the 2023 Eastern Conference Finals:

Date Game Time (ET) TV channel
May 17 Heat 123, Celtics 116 8:30 p.m. TNT
May 19 Heat 111, Celtics 105 8:30 p.m. TNT
May 21 Heat 128, Celtics 102 8:30 p.m. TNT
May 23 Celtics 116, Heat 99 8:30 p.m. TNT
May 25 Game 5 8:30 p.m. TNT
May 27 Game 6* 8:30 p.m. TNT
May 29 Game 7* 8:30 p.m. TNT

*If necessary

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Benyam Kidane is a senior NBA editor for The Sporting News.
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