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Brown gives an optimistic injury update on the eve of the final

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BOSTON — Jaylen Brown is looking forward to a potential return to the court in the NBA Finals rematch Thursday night after missing last week with a tight right adductor.

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After going through full training with the Boston Celtics on Wednesday morning, Brown told the media he was “feeling good” and excited at the prospect of facing the Golden State Warriors.

“We’ll see how I feel after today, but I got a good workout, a good lift, got some live action, and moved a little bit,” Brown said. “We’ll see if there’s any soreness, but I think I’m fine, I think I’m fine. So, I’ll just wait for tomorrow.”

The Browns hit a season-high 41 points on January 11 against the New Orleans Pelicans. He then missed Boston’s entire ensuing three-game trip, but even without him, the Group C swept its opponent with three double-digit wins, extending their East winning streak to seven straight games.

“During the game, I kind of felt a flare-up, and after the game, it was really painful,” Brown recalled of his big game against the Pelicans. “So I went and got an MRI, just to be kind of careful, you know? And I think it turned out there was a lot of fluid in there, like a first-class strain or something, that I’d tested before in different places. So I just started. recovery process from there.”

Prior to the team’s January 12 game in Brooklyn, interim head coach Joe Mazzola estimated that the Browns might be out “for a week or so,” making it look like the Browns could realistically return in time for the team’s most anticipated home game. season.

With that being said, both Mazzola and Brown make it clear that the team is in no way rushing him so he can play on the big stage against the Warriors. Brown stressed that the most important thing is that he’s healthy going into the biggest stage – qualifying – but if he feels good enough to fit in Thursday, then he will be.

“I think tomorrow could be big for us to continue to keep things going,” Brown said. “Getting seven in a row, you want to continue on the upside, trying to create a little bit of a disconnect from the rest of the East and the rest of the league. But in terms of organization, there’s no incentive for them to bring me back tomorrow. They want to make sure I’m healthy, in general, in general .But, if I can go, I will go.”

Having Brown in the lineup will make all the difference against the Warriors, who beat the Celtics, 123-107, on Dec. 10 in San Francisco. Brown was one of Boston’s few bright spots in that game, posting team-high marks of 31 points and nine rebounds while shooting 10-of-14 from inside the 3-point arc.

The Browns were also in the midst of one of the hottest periods of his career prior to the injury, scoring at least 29 points in eight of his last ten games and averaging 30.0 points per game during that span. He’ll be looking to pick up where he left off Thursday night if he can get back on the court.

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