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Celtics receive Jaylen Brown boost after eight-game absence

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The Boston Celtics have finally picked things up after a slow start to the 2021-22 NBA season, and things could stand to get better for the C’s ahead of the team’s matchup with the Houston Rockets.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, Celtics star Jaylen Brown is expected to return to the lineup for Monday night’s clash with Houston. Brown has missed the last eight games while nursing a hamstring strain, but the one-time All-Star has been given a clean bill of health at last.

Brown will look to help the Celtics navigate themselves back into the top half of the Eastern Conference standings. The team currently sits in ninth place in the East at 9-8 and wraps up a four-game homestand on Wednesday when they host the Brooklyn Nets.

Brown’s return to the lineup is a huge boost for Boston, and he shouldn’t have too difficult a time acclimating himself back into the swing of things against the one-win Rockets.

After averaging 24.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.8 threes per game in 2020-21, Brown has somehow managed to further elevate his game throughout his eight appearances this year. He’s averaging 25.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.9 threes per game in 2021-22, numbers the Celtics will be eager to see return to the rotation.

The former No. 3 overall pick hasn’t played since Nov. 4 when he logged 29 minutes in a big win over the Miami Heat. Since his absence, the Celtics have gone 5-3 and will look to build on that by winning their third straight game Monday night against the Rockets.