Brown made his presence felt rapidly, grabbing a free ball and throwing down a dunk with 6:38 left in the quarter.
Brown missed Game 1 Monday due to a hamstring pressure. When requested why he would not begin Brown if he was wholesome sufficient to play, coach Brad Stevens mentioned, “It’s such a late decision.”
The coach added that if he began, Brown can be tasked with guarding JJ Redick, the Sixers’ explosive wing who steadily strikes and cuts. Guarding him may put an excessive amount of pressure on Brown’s hamstring.
The Celtics went with the identical beginning lineup as Game 1 with Marcus Smart beginning in Brown’s place.
“Marcus is basically a starter for us anyway,” Stevens mentioned. “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.”