Jaylen brown admits he rushed his first attempt to come back from right hamstring strain after missing eight straight games in November.
Now that he’s been declared available for Monday night’s game against the Bucks after missing five more after an unsuccessful five-game comeback, the young Celtics star has said that for the first time since the start of the season, he felt like him.
“I was working hard, trying to get back to how I felt before the start of the season,” he said after Sunday practice. “At the start of the year, I felt like the best version of myself, in terms of my career. So I wanted to come back to that feeling and I’m going in that direction. Obviously, COVID slowed me down a bit when I started the season and started to recover. Then hamstring injury, I thought it was going to take a week or two. It took a little longer than expected and now I’m starting to feel like I originally felt so keep moving in the right direction.
“It’s definitely smart for the long haul,” Brown said of his decision not to rush this time around, forcing him to miss the entire 1-4 road trip in the West Celtics, a experience which worsened as it was long. go.
“I’ve had this same injury three times in my career and each time it just got a little worse,” he said of the hamstring injury. “So I’m trying to take the time to find the root cause of the problem so that it doesn’t happen again, so I can just get past it and look forward to the season. I wanted to come back just because I admire the fight – sometimes – this team’s fight defensively, how we’ve been all season before those last four or five games.
“We put our hats on defense and wanted to be there to fight with my teammates, but the medics suggested we make sure you protect yourself first. I think I came back maybe a little too early before because I wasn’t myself. And the hamstrings are a little tricky, so we were just taking the time to figure it out. The organization and the medical staff had good communication and we understood that. ”
Particularly involved was the process of determining why Brown continues to injure his hamstrings again, with training staff studying the mechanics of his movement.
“A combination of things that I have talked about with the medical staff we are working on,” he said. “I’m just trying to build the right foundation and try to develop the right functional mechanical habits, and things like that. Sometimes I’m so explosive that some of my muscles tend to do the work for other muscles, so make sure that everything is okay, that everything is working. At the same time, I think my body will compensate naturally and no one will be able to tell the difference, because I can compensate athletically. But making sure I’m moving with the right mechanical schematics, stuff like that.
The result, according to everyone involved, is that Brown has achieved his goal of being able to quickly return to 100% after every workout. Monday evening, he will know if the same goes for the matches.
He was not told if he would be subject to a minute restriction and would like to extend his hearing time as much as possible.
“I feel ready to go, obviously. We’ll see when we get out. I expect this to be a high intensity game against Milwaukee. So I think there will probably be some kind of restriction. But to be honest, I’m ready to play. I feel good. So we’ll see. I guess they will let me know (Monday).
“I haven’t felt the last few days any clinging sensation that I have felt for the past two weeks. And I think the rest was the biggest difference. I think I have done all types of treatment and seen all types of doctors etc. And I think over time the body naturally healed itself at the rate it wanted to go. I wish it was a little faster, or a lot a little faster, but it wasn’t. But move in the right direction now. I am thankful that my body agrees with me.
The change, for now, is Brown
Although Imé Udoka spoke after Friday’s loss to Phoenix about changing his rotation and squads, the Celtics coach first wants to see what happens with Brown back in the starting lineup. Udoka will also be without Jason richardson, who will miss his second game since entering health and safety protocol.
“The first thing is to get Jaylen back is a big part of it,” Udoka said. “I don’t want to overreact to what we haven’t had and make changes just to make changes. We will see where we are when we get back to full power. J-Rich is out now, so we still have some guys we can tinker with. Even more, the formations and which are the best, offensively and defensively, in terms of minutes and playing time. Who is on the pitch together. We’re going to put Jaylen in and not expect him to change the world, but that’s a huge part of what we’ve been missing. Offensively it will help, defensively it will help and it should help all around. ”
Painful to watch
Brown admits his view from the bench for the past five games was “difficult to watch.”
“The good thing I’ll point out is that for the most part we’ve hung our hats on defense, and when you do that you give yourself a chance to win games. I think offensively we had some difficulties. I think it comes down to successful shots, I think it comes down to the details and the approach to the game. We need everyone to approach the game with the right mindset, the right desire to win. There is nothing fun to lose, so we must continue to develop this mindset. On the days when it’s tough on a back-to-back road game, we have to show up and be ready to shoot. We need to be there for our teammates and help each other. I think that’s the key for us to keep doing more in order to build the right culture and win. ”