Celtics

What role will Jaylen Brown play when he returns?

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It appears the Celtics will be back at full strength on Thursday night against the Knicks with Jaylen Brown planning to return to the floor following a four-game absence due to a bruised tailbone.

"I'm good, I'm ready to go," Brown said Tuesday before practice. "I'm feeling better every day. Just looking forward to being there on Thursday. Let's keep this win streak going."

Brown suffered the injury 10 days ago during a hard fall in the closing moments of a loss to the Magic and has suffered from back spasms and soreness in the wake of the injury. However, a quiet Celtics schedule has allowed him to earn plenty of rest without missing a significant chunk of games. He took part in a full workout on Monday and came out of the session feeling good.

"I feel pretty good," Brown said. "The rest was good for my body and other parts of my body, so I should be ready to go on Thursday."

The positive progress will give Brown a chance to get reintegrated into the fold in practice with a couple days of prep ahead of Thursday's matchup.

"He's going to go through practice," Brad Stevens said. "I have not been given or been told that there's any restrictions on his practice. So he went through a hard workout yesterday and felt fine today. Should be ready to go."

The question now, of course, is what role Brown will play when he returns to the fold on Thursday night.