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Jaylen Brown vows to return for Game 2 against 76ers

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The Boston Celtics somehow continue to win games despite dealing with numerous key injuries, and they should have a chance to field an even better lineup against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 2.

After he watched his teammates dominate the Sixers in a 117-101 Game 1 victory, Jaylen Brown said he will be back on the court Thursday.

“I’ll be back,” he told A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston. “I’m playing.”

Brown said he tried to convince Boston’s medical staff that he was good to go for Game 1, but they decided to play it safe.

“There was some concern that I could re-aggravate it and it becomes a season-ending injury,” he said. “I’m basically trying to come back in two days from a two-week type injury.”

Brown hurt his hamstring in Game 7 against the Milwaukee Bucks last round, and the injury seems relatively minor with the way he has described it. The 21-year-old emerged as a major contributor for the Celtics with 14.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game during the regular season, and he was even better when he averaged 17.9 points in the series against Milwaukee. His return will give Brad Stevens some much-needed depth.

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