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Celtics’ Brown Set to Return

December 6, 2018

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown drives during a Nov. 5 game against the Denver Nuggets. AP PHOTO Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

By Mark Murphy

Boston Herald

Jaylen Brown finished off Wednesday’s practice with a hearty sprint up and down the floor, and after two straight days of practice is on course to return tonight against the New York Knicks after a three-game absence.

Gone, he hopes, are the back spasms that resulted from a hard fall on his tailbone during a Nov. 24 game in Dallas.

“Good, man, just trying to get back into the flow of things,” he said after Wednesday’s practice. “Trying to add to winning basketball, just get back to the source of Celtic basketball, just getting up and down, finding the right guys. It’s good to be back out there with your teammates and just be playing basketball. At the end of the day, I love this game. So just to be out there in the mix, it’s a blessing.

“I definitely feel a lot better. Keep trending in the right direction, in terms of taking care of my body and my mind, everything else,” said Brown. “I think everything will be fine. The rest helped me with a lot of other injuries I was dealing with, so hopefully I can stay on this consistent path of taking care of my body.”

Brad Stevens said today that his initial plan is to keep Marcus Smart and Marcus Morris in the starting lineup, and as such Brown acknowledges that for the time being he’ll play in a reserve role.

But for someone who was off to a slow start prior to his injury, that role may be beneficial as the swingman tries to work his game back into shape.

“Just getting back to what I do best. I’m not the best player, but I play with passion, I play with heart, I play with fire, I play with enthusiasm,” said Brown. “Everyone makes mistakes, I make mistakes, but the reason why I’ve had success here in the last couple of years is because I continue to bring that energy. Continuing that and helping the team I think will be beneficial for us.”

Asked if he had lost any of that energy along the way, Brown said, “I wouldn’t say that. I’m just saying it takes a moment to figure things out. Now that I’ve been out with injuries and thrown off my rhythm, now it’s time to get back to myself and get back to helping the Celtics be what we’re capable of.”

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