Jaylen Brown (tailbone) doesn’t practice, Stevens won’t commit on starting five

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The Celtics got back to work in Boston on Wednesday afternoon after finishing up their toughest schedule stretch of the year over the past two weeks. One player that was unable to take part in what was expected to be a spirited practice session was Jaylen Brown, who is still recovering from a bruised tailbone suffered on Saturday night in Dallas.

"Progressing, not practicing today," Brad Stevens said. "Don’t know anything beyond that."

The Celtics will have a set of back-to-back games this weekend on Friday against the Cavs and Saturday in Minnesota so it's possible the team will play it cautious with Brown and sit him to get another four days of uninterrupted rest before Boston plays again (Thursday night vs. New York). Boston will have one more practice tomorrow afternoon, which will give Brown a good opportunity to test it ahead of a back-to-back.

With Brown's status in question for this weekend, the door remains open to a return to the same starting five that saw plenty of success against New Orleans, featuring Marcus Smart at the two-guard and Marcus Morris at power forward. Stevens acknowledged the group's fine work on Wednesday but came short of declaring that he'll be sticking with them for now.

"Obviously, we’ll take all of that into account," Stevens said. "But the way that we played the other night certainly was encouraging. The problem with starting Marcus Smart is you can’t bring his energy off the bench. He’s a valuable guy in both of those areas for the same reason. Does all the intangible stuff you need to have success. We’re just going to need to play better as a team, and hopefully, we can build off this trip."

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