Jaylen Brown to miss Celtics-Clippers game, Payton Pritchard available

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Jacob Camenker
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Brown (knee) out vs. Clippers, Pritchard available originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Celtics are going to be down one of their starters against the Los Angeles Clippers.

After playing without Kemba Walker in Wednesday's loss to the Sacramento Kings, the Celtics will be without Jaylen Brown on Friday night. The fifth-year wing is dealing with a sore left knee that will keep him out of the contest.

It will be tough for Boston to replace Brown, who is averaging 26.4 points per game -- second only to Jayson Tatum's 26.8 -- and has added 5.5 rebounds and a career-high 3.6 assists per game as well.

With Marcus Smart (calf) also out, it's unclear who will step into the starting lineup to replace Brown, who had played in all 20 of the Celtics' games to date. Javonte Green and Semi Ojeleye are currently the top wings on the bench, so perhaps one of them will get the call unless the C's opt to go with a two-point-guard lineup and insert Jeff Teague into the starting unit.

While Brown's absence will hurt the Celtics, they did get some good news ahead of Friday's contest. Rookie Payton Pritchard will be available to return after missing the team's previous six games with a knee injury.

Pritchard has been one of Boston's top bench players this year and is averaging 7.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. He will likely be the sixth man against the Clippers and could be in line for more playing time with Brown out.

Celtics-Clippers is set for 10 p.m. ET Friday night. Be sure to tune in to Celtics Pregame Live at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports Boston.