Boston Celtics

Jaylen Brown finally returned to the Celtics’ lineup in Monday’s win over the Rockets, and it was a return of the triumphant variety. Playing on a workload restriction, Brown managed to drop 19 points in 22 minutes, which averages out to about 31 points in 36 minutes.

Brown missed eight games with a strained hamstring, and while he certainly looked good when on the floor Monday night, he’s not getting ahead of himself. In terms of his health or his performance.

“It felt good to be back out there just being with my teammates and competing,” Brown told reporters after the game. “I didn’t feel my best out there. I felt good all the way going up into the game and had a little bit of tightness [at the start of the game]. But we’ll see how I feel [Tuesday] and keep building. I wasn’t super-happy with how my body felt. We’re working through it.”

If the guy the Celtics got on Monday was markedly diminished, it was hard to tell. Look at this ridiculous up-and-under after making the rebound and shuffling to the hoop in transition:

Hammy looked fine there. We think.

But Brown is probably right to pace himself as far as the hamstring, because those injuries can linger. Brown described it as a “nagging” issue for him when speaking after the game. Still, it’s always a huge development to get an All-Star back on the floor. Brown acknowledged that the slight tightness he felt didn’t get any worse over the course of the game.

The Celtics get back to it on Wednesday night, when they take on the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden. You can hear the call of the game on 105.7 WROR, and it will be joined in progress on 98.5 The Sports Hub after the conclusion of the Bruins’ game against the Sabres. For more information, here’s the full on-air schedule.

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