Celtics news: Jaylen Brown confident back injury won't keep him down too long
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Celtics’ Jaylen Brown confident back injury won’t keep him down too long

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Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown could make a return against the Indiana Pacers this Friday after dealing with back issues for the past week.

Tom Westerholm of MassLive reports that Brown may not be as sprightly as what he’s leading on:

Brown, 22, has missed the previous two games with back spasms, after suffering the injury during a shootaround a week ago.

“Never experienced it where it’s hard to stand up and hard to bend down,” Brown said, per Westerholm. “I’ve landed on my back and had injuries where I fell. That was like a bruise, but this is more muscular than anything.”

“Kind of spazzed up out of nowhere. I did a normal action, I went to reach down and my back felt like it was cranking up,” he said. “I reached down again and it locked up on me and I went right back into treatment. They were telling me that my back was spazzing out.

The Celtics were also missing Marcus Morris against the Miami Heat on Wednesday.

Head coach Brad Stevens stressed the importance of having his roster in full swing for the postseason, where it will likely face a hard-nosed series against the Pacers.

“I think we all want to be playing well, but more than that, you want to have health and answers,” Stevens told Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald.

“I think being healthy is really important, and having a number of different ways to adjust is really important,” Stevens said. “Last year, we had the two seed basically sewn up for five games, and I think we lost like three straight, won our last one with guys that weren’t in the rotation, and played really well in Games 1 and 2 against Milwaukee. I don’t know that there’s an exact science to this, but I think health and more options is important.”