Celtics Star Will Return Wednesday vs. Thunder

Jan 3, 2023; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) drives to the basket.
Jan 3, 2023; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) drives to the basket. / Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday night at TD Garden, the Boston Celtics can clinch the best record in the NBA this regular season and earn home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, including in the Finals, if they get there.

It helps that the C's, who are 59-16 overall, have won ten straight tilts on their parquet. They've done so by an average of 24.3 points.

Further aiding that cause is the return of Jaylen Brown. The two-time All-Star missed Monday's 118-104 victory vs. the Charlotte Hornets due to a left-hand sprain. 

After Saturday's 104-92 win over the New Orleans Pelicans, the Marietta, Georgia native conveyed, "I'm gonna get that looked at when we get back to Boston," adding, "It's been bothering me for a little bit now."

Fortunately, his hand isn't bothering him enough to keep him out of the lineup on Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Per the Celtics' latest injury report, Jaden Springer will miss his fourth straight matchup due to left knee tendinopathy.

As for the Thunder, who are coming off a 109-105 road loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (right quad contusion) and Jalen Williams (left ankle sprain) are inactive for this potential Finals preview at TD Garden.

Further Reading

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Jaylen Brown Shares What's Fueling Career Year: 'Nothing in This World Gonna Break My Spirit'

Jaylen Brown's Evolution Crucial to Celtics' Desire to Win with More Than Talent

Celtics Embracing Challenge to Go Beyond Most Talented

Jayson Tatum Opens Up About Sacrificing in Celtics' Title Pursuit: 'It's a Process'

Brad Stevens Discusses Celtics' Plan for Final Roster Spot

Marcus Smart Shares How Boston Shaped Him, His Message to Celtics Fans

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Bobby Krivitsky


Bobby Krivitsky's experiences include covering the NBA as a credentialed reporter for Basketball Insiders. He's also a national sports talk host for SportsMap Radio, a network airing on 96 radio stations throughout the country. Additionally, he was a major-market host, update anchor, and producer for IMG Audio, and he worked for Bleacher Report as an NFL and NBA columnist.