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Jaylen Brown (illness) out, Theis in against Milwaukee

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The Celtics will get help in one area while losing help in another as they face the Bucks tonight.

Boston Celtics v New York Knicks Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

Jaylen Brown will miss tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks – the team that eliminated the Boston Celtics last spring – due to illness.

This is a marquee matchup and a good measuring stick for a Celtics team that already lost to an elite Eastern Conference team on Opening Night in the Philadelphia 76ers. Losing Brown certainly hurts their chances. Boston has a few options to replace Brown; they could go big by adding Grant Williams, or they could go with the usual Marcus Smart replacement starter option to just plug the hole. We’ll know 30 minutes before tip off.

As for the center spot, Daniel Theis (ankle) is back in action and available after missing Saturday night’s contest against the New York Knicks. It’s unclear if he’ll start or if Robert Williams III, who performed admirably on Saturday night, will keep his job. We’ll also know the answer to that question 30 minutes before tipoff.

Enes Kanter (knee) remains out, but Romeo Langford is off of the injury list, so he’ll at least be available. With Brown missing, Langford might get a few minutes here and there to show that he belongs in the rotation. After missing all of Summer League and most of the preseason slate, this could be a good opportunity for him to make an impression.

The Celtics will take on the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at 7:30 PM EST on ESPN.