Celtics shooting guard Jaylen Brown has been sidelined for a week due to an abscess that required multiple trips to the hospital for drainage, according to a report from ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.
Brown says he’s feeling much better and doesn’t expect to have any restrictions for Thursday night’s matchup against the Charlotte Hornets:
Jaylen Brown said he had to go to the hospital several times to drain an abscess, which is what has held him out. Said he’s feeling much better and doesn’t expect to have any restrictions for tonight’s game.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) November 7, 2019
Marcus Smart saw his usage rate increase in recent games, but he’ll likely head back to the bench with Brown returning to the lineup.
The fact that Brown could be well to enough to play again is great news for the Celtics, who are currently holding an impressive 5-1 overall record. In his three appearances with the Celtics this season, the former No. 3 overall pick has racked up averages of 17.3 points on 50.0 percent shooting from the filed (28.6 percent from beyond the arc), 6.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 block in 28.7 minutes per outing.
Celtics big man Daniel Theiss is dealing with a left ankle ailment, but he’s listed as probable for Thursday’s matchup against the Hornets — a game in which Kemba Walker will be playing against his former team for the first time. Enes Kanter is still day-to-day with a bruised left knee.
“It’s coming quicker than I thought. I know it’s going to be pretty emotional. But I’m looking forward to it,” Walker said of playing in Charlotte as a visitor for the first time in his career. “I really want to beat them.”
Thursday night’s Celtics-Hornets game is set to tip inside the Spectrum Center at 8:00 p.m. ET, with TNT having live broadcast coverage.