Celtics' Jae Crowder leaves Game 4 with left knee sprain
Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder left Sunday's Game 4 of the Eastern Conference opening-round playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers with a left knee sprain. He was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
Crowder, who was starting in place of rookie guard Marcus Smart, exited the game at the 10:23 mark in the third quarter. On the previous play, he was struck in the face by Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith and fell to the ground. Smith was assessed a flagrant-2 on the play and automatically ejected.
In the first half, Crowder was shoved to the floor by Cavaliers center Kendrick Perkins as Perkins went to set a screen for Cavs forward LeBron James. Perkins was assessed a flagrant-1 for the foul, and both he and Crowder were assessed technical fouls.
In his 17 minutes on the floor, Crowder scored seven points with three rebounds and one assist.
The Celtics trailed 57–38 when Crowder left the game.
- Mike Fiammetta