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Jaylen Brown’s return on the horizon

Jaylen Brown hasn’t played since suffering a concussion March 8.
Jaylen Brown hasn’t played since suffering a concussion March 8.file/David Zalubowski/associated press

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Celtics forward Jaylen Brown, who has been sidelined since suffering a concussion when he fell after dunking in Boston’s March 8 win, could still return against the Kings on Sunday, but the Celtics will be cautious.

“I felt fine, just moving in the right direction,” Brown said.

“I felt a lot better than yesterday, and yesterday I felt a lot better than the day before. So I’m moving in the right direction and trying to get back out on the floor.”

The play occurred late in the third quarter of Boston’s 117-109 victory over the Timberwolves, when Brown threw down a two-hand slam on a fast break and lost his grip on the rim when his body was nearly parallel to the floor.

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He said Friday that the injury briefly caused him to lose consciousness.

Brown sat on the bench in Boston’s win over the Thunder last Tuesday, and has been ramping up his on-court activity in recent days.

“He’s had two or three really good days in a row here,” coach Brad Stevens said, “and he’s worked really hard.”

Brown has completed one-on-one and two-on-two workouts, but as of Friday afternoon had yet to do any five-on-five work.

“We’ll go through every part of the progression necessary to get him back out on the court. You go through the whole physical progression, the whole testing progression and then you are working with an NBA doctor to ultimately get him cleared,” Stevens said.

“So I don’t know if there’s a five-on-five component that’s necessary in that. I think what you usually end up going is smaller groups, but if they deem that’s necessary then we’ll have to figure that out.”

Yabusele in mix

The Celtics sent rookie forward Guerschon Yabusele down to the G-League in mid-February so he could get some game action that would be important for his development, and if the Celtics needed him.

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The forward played seven games with the Maine Red Claws before being recalled due to all of Boston’s injuries.

And Stevens said the Frenchman should prepare for a more sizable workload in the coming weeks.

“The more you do the math on teams you might play [in the playoffs] and what we might need from a skill and defensive standpoint, he could play a big role for us moving forward,” Stevens said. “And so he’ll play more in the next 10 games.”

Yabusele getting nearly 17 minutes of court time Friday in the Celtics’ 105-100 victory over the Trail Blazers, contributing 5 points and three rebounds.


Adam Himmelsbach can be reached at adam.himmelsbach@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach.