BOSTON — Boston Celtics swingman Jaylen Brown said he’s feeling better and expects to play Thursday night against the New York Knicks.
Brown has missed the last three games after falling hard on his back in a loss in Dallas last month. With the help of a light schedule, the Celtics have been able to give him extra time to recover, while winning all three games in his absence.
“I'm good, I’m ready to go, I’m feeling better every day,” said Brown. “Looking forward to being there Thursday, let’s keep this winning streak going."
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Brown went through a hard workout on Monday and responded well. Brown was expected to go through Tuesday’s hard practice without limitations.
Stevens did say he was uncertain how he’d utilize Brown, waiting to see if he has any restrictions.
“We'll figure that out when we get there,” said Stevens. "I think that, obviously, I don’t know if he’ll be under a restriction or not. I haven’t gotten to any of those questions with our training staff.”
The Celtics are 3-0 since both Marcus Smart and Marcus Morris were elevated to the starting lineup after Brown’s injury. Stevens said that, outside of the Minnesota game, the current starters have played well together with the energy infusion from Smart and Morris.
But Stevens has routinely said that it’s not just the starters that need to play well and that the Celtics need 48 minutes of effort from the entire roster.
“That [new starting] group has played well together, except against Minnesota, minus-10 during that game so, like, we have to play well as a team,” said Stevens. "And whoever is on the court at one time, it’s not on one guy, it’s on all of us to play better as a team. I’m not going to overreact to that stretch just like we wouldn’t overreact to a really good one in one game. But those guys have brought us good versatility like they would in any lineup.”
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