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Stevens: Jaylen Brown (hamstring) doubtful for Game 2 vs Sixers

Brown said he’d be back, but what Stevens says, goes.

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Jaylen Brown’s return for Game 2 remains bleak, as Brad Stevens told reporters Wednesday that the second-year wing is doubtful for Thursday’s second round playoff battle with Philadelphia.

Brown reportedly said that he’d be back for Game 2 after imploring team doctors to let him play in Game 1. The Celtics remain cautious with his hamstring, a type of injury that is notoriously complex in re-aggravation.

Al Horford said he spoke with Brown about his injury. He told him that the team needs him back but that they need him more in the long run than right now. Boston took care of the Sixers without Brown in Game 1 with a 117-101 win Monday night.

However, if Brown’s tests go well and the team’s medical staff clears him to play, we’ll likely see him in the starting lineup again.

The Celtics and Sixers tip off Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at 8:30 p.m. EST as Boston goes for a 2-0 series lead.