Pregame Post-Ups: The Latest on Brown and Kanter's Health
Thursday, November 7 - Celtics at Hornets
Pregame – The Latest Health Updates on Brown and Kanter
CHARLOTTE – One member of the Celtics will return to the lineup tonight, but another remains sidelined.
Jaylen Brown, who missed the last three games with an illness that he revealed today had turned into an infection in his leg, is back with the team and will play tonight. However, Brad Stevens would not reveal whether Brown, who has not played in a game since Oct. 26, will start or come off of the bench.
Stevens said he will closely monitor Brown’s stamina during the game, but the wing will definitely “play a lot.”
“When you miss nine days or whatever it is, it’s not the end of the world,” said Stevens. “It’s not like missing a month or two months. But certainly, probably won’t play 38 or 40 minutes, but he’s not in the low 20s, either.”
That’s a pretty clear statement that Brown will be available to play right around 30 minutes tonight.
Another Celtic who remains shelved due to injury is Enes Kanter. The center played 25 minutes on Opening Night, scoring 12 points to go along with six rebounds, but has been sidelined ever since with a left knee contusion. Stevens gave the latest update on Kanter, who was listed this morning as questionable for tonight’s game but has now been ruled out, prior to tip-off in Charlotte.
“He’s improving,” Stevens said. “He’s going out to the court to warm up right now, but our training staff doesn’t quite feel comfortable putting him out there yet, and I agree with that. I don’t think he would be ready to take one of the 13 active spots and sit a healthy guy with the way he’s doing.”
Stevens acknowledged that Kanter is frustrated by being held back. The big man said Tuesday morning that he feels “really good,” but also noted that the team is pushing him to understand that a long season is ahead and that there is no rush for him to return before his body is ready to do so.
The Celtics, with an active Brown back on the roster, will take on the Hornets tonight in Charlotte. There is a possibility that Kanter could rejoin the active roster for Saturday evening’s game against the Spurs in San Antonio.
- Marc D'Amico