The Celtics will be without both Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward on Friday night when they host the Utah Jazz, but neither is expected to be out for very long. Brown, who left Tuesday night’s loss to the Nets with a hamstring injury, sounded optimistic about returning early next week when he spoke with reporters Friday. Brown will be evaluated early next week, and could be back in the lineup as early as Tuesday night when the Celtics visit the Indiana Pacers. The Celtics have been taking an ultra-cautious approach with the Walker’s sore left knee, and he was on a minutes restriction in his return Tuesday night, playing just 23 minutes against the Nets.
That minutes restriction will slowly diminish, a process that begins Friday night against the Jazz.