Jaylen Brown missed Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Monday after injuring his hamstring in Game 7 against the Bucks this past Saturday. According to Brad Stevens, Brown urged team doctors to play in yesterday’s win over the Sixers, but he was ultimately held out.
A. Sherrod Blakely reported that Brown is confident he’ll return for Game 2 on Thursday.
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"I'll be back. I'm playing," he told @ASherrodblakely. "There was some concern that I could re-aggravate it and it becomes a season-ending injury. I’m basically trying to come back in two days from a two-week type injury."
The remaining Celtics players on the roster stepped up once again, as Terry Rozier, Al Horford and Jayson Tatum each recorded over 25 points. No Celtics trio has done that in a playoff game since 1987.
Stevens has said he prefers to take a careful approach with a hamstring injury given the complexity of re-aggravating it. The Celtics have not made an official ruling on whether to let Brown play or not, but they have an extra day to assess his hamstring with Game 2 falling on a Thursday after Game 1 was played on Monday.
The Celtics and Sixers will tip off Game 2 on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. EST at TD Garden as Boston looks to take a commanding 2-0 series lead.