Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown returned to the floor on Monday night and immediately made an impact. After missing eight consecutive games due to a hamstring issue, Brown returned to the floor on Monday and scored 19 points in a 108-90 victory over the Houston Rockets.
"It felt good to be back out there, just being with my teammates and competing," Brown said after shooting 6-for-13 from the field, including 3-for-6 from 3-point range. "I didn't feel my best out there.
I felt good going all the way up until the game, then I had a little bit of tightness. We'll see how it feels tomorrow and keep building. I wasn't super happy with how my body felt. We're working through it." Brown admitted that he is still not at 100 percent but he is confident he will soon be at his best.
"Just trusting the medical staff and the team to find ways to get better," Brown said. "This is a little bit of a nagging injury. I've had a hamstring injury a few times now. This one seems to be lingering a little bit.
"But I think that in the next coming days, I'll get back to feeling 100%, and we'll get back to adding some wins. This group has played extremely well while I've been out. I've seen a lot of steps forward from a lot of guys that makes me excited about our potential.
I just want to continue to add value, play off those guys and keep winning games."
Coach happy with how Brown looked in his return
"He looked good," Celtics head coach Ime Udoka said. "Early in the game, it looked like he took a little time to get warm, get up and down.
As much as he's worked and rehabbed and played with some of the coaches and likewise, it's nothing like an actual game out there, so it took a little bit of time. "He got warm and then went on that flurry in the third quarter.
He said it still doesn't feel normal, but to have him back in that third quarter, and see what he did, was a great sign." After a slow start to the season, the Celtics have won their last two games and big man Al Horford is hoping their good form will continue.
"Just continue to build on the things coach keeps harping on and playing with more pace on offense, making sure that we're moving the ball better," Horford said. "We did a much better job of that in the second half tonight.
That's the one thing, and then defensively, I feel like we've been playing good defense, so continue to stay tight on that and harp on that part."