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Brown being cautious with hamstring heading into Game 3

Brown being cautious with hamstring heading into Game 3

PHILADELPHIA – Jaylen Brown’s availability for Game 2 wasn’t determined until shortly before tip-off. And it looks like it’ll be more of the same on in Game 3’s matchup on Saturday. 

Brown, who said his hamstring was “a little tight; a little sore” following Boston’s practice on Friday, said he intends on playing in Game 3.

The biggest concern at this point is Brown returning to action and re-injuring it which could possibly sideline him even longer. 

“They said that it’s one of those things; it’s gonna be uncomfortable,” Brown said.  “They’re trusting me what I’m saying. I’m trusting what they are saying. It’s one of those things. You can’t really prepare for playing playoff-level intensity, you can’t simulate that.”

Brown getting back on the floor will involve a comprehensive strategy similar to what they did in Boston’s Game 2 win over the Sixers. 

Coming off the bench for the first time this season, Brown had 13 points on 5-for-12 shooting in Game 2 with four rebounds and an assist while playing just under 25 minutes. 

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has left the decision-making on whether Brown plays or not, to the player and the team’s medical staff.

“I just listen to what the doctors and trainers say,” Stevens told reporters following the team practice. “They felt good about him playing. They said there’s going to be some general soreness from playing. One of the things about it, there’ no tear. That’s a big part of this. We have to be really smart about it.”

And that involves Brown continuing to be open about how he’s feeling. 

“When he passes all the tests and is cleared by the Docs, then we feel good about him playing,” Stevens said. “If it ever looks like he doesn’t or he says in the middle of a game, ‘that kind of hurt,’ he’s out.”  

Brown said one of the bigger challenges he faces now is having a quick initial step off the dribble. 

“The first step explosiveness is not all the way there,” Brown said. “But it’s something that I can still play basketball, but I definitely want to be myself when I play. All I want to do is help; just trying to get myself prepared mentally and physically, to continue to win games and trust what the medical staff is telling me. I just want to help as much as I can.”

Brown has stepped up his scoring game offensively, averaging 17.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.38 assists per game.

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Report: Draymond Green flat-out told Kevin Durant to leave Warriors

Report: Draymond Green flat-out told Kevin Durant to leave Warriors

It appears Draymond Green's on-court confrontation with Kevin Durant got very personal very fast.

The two Golden State Warriors stars got into a heated back-and-forth Monday night after a botched play at the end of regulation against the Los Angeles Clippers. According to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, who cited sources within earshot of the exchange, Green called Durant a "bitch" several times, at one point telling him, "You're a bitch and you know you're a bitch."

Per Haynes' sources, Green then told Durant something along the lines of this:

"We don’t need you. We won without you. Leave."

Yeah. That's not good.

Durant can opt of his contract and become a free agent next summer, and it sounds like one of Golden State's core players essentially told him to do just that.

Green and the Warriors did win the 2015 NBA championship without Durant, but the Warriors have been vocal about their desire to keep the superstar forward, and Green's reported comments definitely don't help the cause. Considering an unnamed Golden State player reportedly said there's "no way Durant is coming back" after Green's comments to him, it appears the writing is on the wall.

Where Durant will sign if he bolts from the Bay Area is anyone's guess, but the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks reportedly are in the running -- as are the Boston Celtics, if you ask Glen "Big Baby" Davis.

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Semi Ojeleye on state of the Celtics, toughest teams in the East, competitions between teammates

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Semi Ojeleye on state of the Celtics, toughest teams in the East, competitions between teammates

Celtics Talk Podcast with Kyle Draper, A. Sherrod Blakely, and Chris Forsberg...

1:12 - What’s the state of the Celtics after defeating the Bulls?

2:40 - Measuring stick game against Toronto and a chance to build confidence. Team acknowledged focus is on the Raptors. 

5:13 - Home court advantage. Could the Celtics win a playoff series in Toronto? Milwaukee?

7:55 - Celtics a better team than we are seeing right now. Will the Raptors continue to improve?

11:50 - Kyrie’s comments on getting a 14 or 15 year veteran

Semi Ojeleye joins the Celtics Talk Podcast...

15:06 - Semi on the team’s tough road trip and where they need to get better, Mentally getting prepared to guard tough players like Giannis

16:10 - The role that the Celtics are in where they are the hunted, not the hunter

17:50 - On his relationship with Gordon Hayward

19:45 - Teams in the East that are going to be standing in their way

22:50 - Who is he closest to on the team?

23:48 - Competition between teammates

Draper, Blakely, and Forsberg discuss...

26:55 - Jimmy Butler traded to the 76ers

29:25 - 76ers a more formidable challenger now in the East?

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