After missing five games due to an injured hamstring, the Boston Celtics announced superstar Jaylen Brown would make his return to the hardwood when the Milwaukee Bucks come to play in the TD Garden on Monday.
#NEBHInjuryReport update: Jaylen Brown should be available to play tomorrow, according to Coach Udoka. “You can see the burst is back … And he feels good after the workouts.”— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 12, 2021
Brown’s return is just in time for the Celtics’ long homestand, where they play 15 of their next 20 games. According to Celtics head coach Ime Udoka, Jaylen Brown seems to have his “burst” back that was missing when he returned in November. After shutting him down again, the priority was ensuring that the hamstring was fully recovered for the long run.
Brown spoke to the media on what went wrong the first time and why he feels better this time around via Boston.com.
“I think I came back maybe a little too early before because I was not myself,” Brown said per Boston.com. “And hamstrings are a little bit tricky, so we were just taking time to figure it out. The organization and the medical staff had good communication and we figured it out.”
“I think just over the course of time, the body just naturally healed itself at the pace it wanted to go at,” he said. “I wish it was a little bit faster, or a lot a bit faster, but it wasn’t. But moving forward in the right direction now. I’m grateful that my body is agreeing with me.”
Here’s some video of Jaylen Brown playing basketball against Payton Pritchard, in case you’re interested in that sort of thing: pic.twitter.com/pnYq5Ohkas— Jay King (@ByJayKing) December 12, 2021
Boston fans can check out Jaylen Brown’s return Monday night against the Milwaukee Bucks at 7:30 p.m.