Jaylen Brown (shoulder) out for Celtics vs. Suns

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Jaylen Brown (shoulder) out for Celtics vs. Suns originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

As expected, the Boston Celtics are going to be without Jaylen Brown against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.

Brown (shoulder) was listed as doubtful coming into the game, but ahead of tip-off, the Celtics official Twitter account confirmed that he, along with Evan Fournier and Robert Williams, would miss the game.

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Brown has been averaging 24.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.4 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game this season for the C's.

With Brown out, the Celtics could turn to Semi Ojeleye in the starting lineup. Ojeleye has made 11 starts and has averaged 4.9 points and 2.7 rebounds in 48 games played. Ojeleye is known as a good defender, so perhaps he can help the Celtics as they look to contain a high-powered Suns offense.

Brown's absence could also mean more minutes for Jabari Parker and Payton Pritchard off the bench. Those two will be counted on to help provide a scoring punch to make up for Brown, who ranks second on the team in points per game behind only Jayson Tatum.