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Jaylen Brown returns to Celtics lineup Monday after missing eight games

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MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 04: Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics reacts against the Miami Heat at FTX Arena on November 04, 2021 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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Jaylen Brown was the best Celtics player at the start of the season, averaging an efficient 25.6 points a game and shooting 39.7% on 3-pointers. Then he strained his hamstring and sat for a couple of weeks.

Brown will be back in the lineup Monday when the Celtics take on the reeling Rockets, the team announced Monday.

When Brown has been on the court this season, the Celtics have outscored opponents by 7 points per 100 possessions and played teams basically even when he is off.

Despite that, Boston went 5-3 with Brown out, partly because Jayson Tatum appears to have broken out of his early season slump and scored an efficient 33 points or more in each of the last three Celtics games.

Also of note on that injury report, Robert Williams had missed three games due to left knee tendinopathy, but he appears ready for a return to the court. Boston’s defense is 4.5 points per 100 better when Williams has been on the court this season.