Ime Udoka reveals the starting five for the Celtics, which is huge news.

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Ime Udoka reveals the starting five for the Celtics, which is huge news.

It now matters. The Celtics will play their first game of the season on Wednesday night in New York, and they will do so shortly after receiving some welcome news: star winger Jaylen Brown will start.

Brown, who missed the final months of last season due to wrist surgery, tested positive for COVID-19 on October 8, putting his season opener in jeopardy. Brown has been in quarantine for the better part of the last two weeks, but coach Ime Udoka noted on Wednesday that he has looked “impressively fine” for someone who has been in seclusion. Brown reported he only had minor symptoms after contracting COVID-19.

Jaylen Brown will play in tonight’s season-opener at MSG, according to the latest #NEBHInjuryReport.

Jaylen appears “impressively fine” from a physical aspect, according to Coach Udoka, despite the fact that he’s only been out of isolation for a brief period.

October 20, 2021 — Boston Celtics (@celtics)

Brown said, “To be honest, I feel amazing.” “I’m looking forward to our team embarking on this adventure.”

According to a tweet from The Athletic’s Jay King, Brown also revealed he spent a lot of his recovery time performing meditation and breathing techniques.

“I wanted to make sure that my breathing wasn’t affected,” he said, according to King. “If my breathing is affected, my life is affected.”

Brown made his first All-Star appearance last season, averaging a career-high 24.7 points. He also averaged 6.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists a game, while shooting 48.4% from the field and 39.7% from beyond the arc.

Udoka reveals the starting five for the Celtics.

Udoka also unveiled the rest of his starting lineup, which includes Marcus Smart at point guard, Brown at shooting guard, Jayson Tatum at small forward, and Grant Williams at four. Robert Williams III will start at center for the first time on Opening Night, and only his 17th start overall.

Grant Williams is the big surprise in the starting five, with Udoka opting for a two-big lineup despite Grant Williams’ diminutive physique (6-foot-5). If big man Al Horford had been healthy, Udoka intimated that he would have been the starter—but he, too, is out with COVID-19. Horford’s diagnosis was announced three days after Brown’s, so… Nokia News – Quick Recap

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