Heading into Sunday’s big game against the Miami Heat, the word from the Celtics was that Jaylen Brown was targeting the first game of this two-game mini-series to return from a sprained ankle he suffered a week ago vs. the Portland Trailblazers. Danny Ainge appeared on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich and said, “it’s looking like he’ll probably be returning on Sunday.” Brad Stevens called him day-to-day after missing Wednesday’s game in Orlando and sitting against the Bulls on Friday.
Robert Williams’ future was a little murkier. After playing in four consecutive games after being out for two weeks with knee swelling, Williams sat out in Chicago with turf toe. Stevens noted the unpredictable nature of the injury and said that Williams would be consulting specialists in the days to come.
And after one night back in Boston, it seems as though Brown and Williams have traded outlooks. On the latest injury report from the team, the Celtics listed Brown questionable and Williams probable against the Heat.
While the news on Williams is encouraging, Brown’s right ankle is concerning. Containing Bam Adebayo is of utmost importance over the next two games, but the Heat are wing-heavy, so having Brown healthy and in the lineup may trump the need for Williams’ comeback.
The Celtics are currently 7th in the East, a game behind the Heat and seeded in the play-in tournament.