Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown doesn’t start, but plays against 76ers in Game 2
Brown made his presence felt quickly, grabbing a loose ball and throwing down a dunk with 6:38 left in the quarter.
Brown missed Game 1 Monday because of a hamstring strain. When asked why he wouldn’t start Brown if he was healthy enough to play, coach Brad Stevens said, “It’s such a late decision.”
The coach added that if he started, Brown would be tasked with guarding JJ Redick, the Sixers’ explosive wing who frequently moves and cuts. Guarding him could put too much strain on Brown’s hamstring.
The Celtics went with the same starting lineup as Game 1 with Marcus Smart starting in Brown’s place.
“Marcus is basically a starter for us anyway,” Stevens said. “We can play those guys interchangeably, and Marcus is going to have his hands full as you always do when you’re chasing Redick around.”