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Celtics' Jaylen Brown says he plans to play in Game 2

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Jaylen Brown (Getty Images)

Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown missed Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals because of his strained right hamstring. His absence didn't hurt Boston much as it won 117-101 to claim a 1-0 series edge against the Philadelphia 76ers. While Brown hoped to play in that game, he was ruled out shortly before tip-off.

Game 2 of the series is not until Thursday night (8 ET), giving Brown a couple of extra days to rest and recover further from his injury. After last night's win, Brown told NBCSportsBoston.com's A. Sherrod Blakely that he intends to suit up for Game 2:

But Brown told NBC Sports Boston he plans to be back in the lineup for Boston's Game 2 matchup against the Sixers on Thursday.

"I'll be back," he told NBC Sports Boston. "I'm playing."

Brown spent the hours leading up to Monday's tip-off trying to convince the medical staff he was fit to play in Game 1.

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"But there was some concern that I could re-aggravate it and it becomes a season-ending injury," Brown said. "I'm basically trying to come back in two days from a two-week type injury."

Brown is averaging 17.9 points per game in the playoffs, the third-highest average on the Celtics, while ranking second on the team in 3-pointers made (17), too. He scored 30 points in two games in the first round against the Milwaukee Bucks: in a Game 2 victory and in a Game 4 defeat.

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