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Jaylen Brown won’t travel to face Cavaliers, Enes Kanter getting closer to return

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Jaylen Brown is still sidelined with an illness while Enes Kanter continues to work his way back.

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The Boston Celtics will have to wait longer for the return of Jaylen Brown to the lineup.

Brown, who has missed the last two games due to an illness, will not travel with the C’s for their Tuesday night tilt versus the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to head coach Brad Stevens as Brown continues to deal with his illness and now an infection.

Stevens added that it remains a possibility that Brown, who last played on Oct. 26 and collected 19 points, four rebounds and two assists in a 118-95 win over the New York Knicks, could rejoin the C’s at some point during their brief three-game road trip. After facing the Cavs, the Celtics travel to face the Charlotte Hornets Thursday before playing the San Antonio Spurs Saturday.

There was encouraging news on the injury front as it appears Enes Kanter is on the verge of returning. Kanter, who has been out since suffering a left knee contusion in the season-opening loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, practiced Monday and said he felt good after going up against contact during the practice session.

Kanter added that it is his hope that he plays against the Cavs. In his only action of the season thus far, Kanter logged 25 minutes versus the 76ers, recording 12 points and six rebounds while playing solid interior defense on Joel Embiid.

Kanter’s return would be a boost to a Celtics center unit that lacks depth with Daniel Theis and Robert Williams fighting through injuries.