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Celtics’ Aron Baynes returning vs. Raptors after 13-game absence

Aron Baynes, Celtics

After missing 13 consecutive games with a broken left hand, Boston Celtics big man Aron Baynes is available to play on Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors.

Aron Baynes suffered the injury against the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 19 and underwent surgery.

In 25 games for the Celtics this season, Baynes is averaging 5.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 86.1 percent from the free-throw line.

Boston enters Wednesday’s showdown against the Raptors with a record of 25-18, good for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Celtics went just 7-6 without Baynes and are currently on a three-game losing streak.

Baynes is a rugged defender and rebounds the ball very well. The Celtics missed his toughness and leadership skills while he was sidelined. It’s unclear how many minutes the seven-year veteran will play versus the Raptors, but all in all, it’s good for Boston to have Baynes’ services again.

The Celtics are in a funk right now and dealing with some locker room issues again. Star point guard Kyrie Irving recently called out the young guys on the team saying they don’t know what it takes to win a championship. Irving and Baynes are the only players on the roster who have won a title.