Boston Celtics

Jan 17, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton (6) defends against Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) in the second quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

Throughout the Celtics’ five-game west coast road trip, injuries have been an issue with key players dropping in and out of the lineup. As they wrap up the trip Tuesday night, they’ll finally be close to full force.

Brad Stevens told reporters during his pregame availability that Jaylen Brown will return to the floor against the Jazz, after missing the previous two games with a knee injury. Stevens added that there will be no minutes restriction for Brown, unlike most players returning to the lineup this season who have been eased back into action.

The Celtics welcome Brown back after one of their worst offensive performances of the season, a 100-91 loss to the Suns on Sunday. Brown is Boston’s second-leading scorer this season, averaging a career-high 26.4 points a game along with 5.5 rebounds ands 3.6 assists.

With Brown back in the lineup, the Celtics are as close to fully healthy as they’ve been in some time. The only players still missing are Marcus Smart (torn calf), and Romeo Langford (wrist surgery). Smart’s injury occurred last Saturday, and Stevens told reporters on Tuesday his return isn’t expected “in the near, near future.” Meanwhile, Langford is yet to play this season.

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