Celtics Notebook: Kemba preps for homecoming, Jaylen Brown set to return after battling infection

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The Celtics got a bit of good news on the injury front Thursday, as Jaylen Brown has joined the team in Charlotte ahead of a matchup against the Hornets Thursday night. The shooting guard has missed the past three games with an infection due to an abscess on his leg that needed to be drained. The condition caused him to go to the hospital five times to take care of the issue in the past week.

“I’m glad it’s behind me now. Feeling a lot better,” Brown told reporters in Charlotte. “But I had to keep going back and forth to the hospital because I was pretty down and out.”

Brown was listed as probable by the team and said he will have no restrictions for the game after working on his conditioning for the past two days in Boston. Joining him in action could be center Enes Kanter, who hasn't played since opening night due to a knee injury. Kanter has taken part in basketball activities this week and was upgraded to questionable on the injury report.

Kemba goes home

The All-Star point guard will play his first game at the Spectrum Center as a visitor on Thursday night in a primetime national TV showdown against his former squad. However, unlike past returns for big-name free agents on the Celtics (Gordon Hayward, Al Horford) to their former homes, Walker expects nothing from good vibes from the fanbase he played in front of for eight seasons.