Jaylen Brown won't play in Celtics vs. Nets, Evan Fournier could return

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Brown ruled out for Celtics vs. Nets, but Evan Fournier could return originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Celtics will be without one of their two All-Stars in Friday night's game against the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden, but they also could get a key reserve back in the lineup.

The C's announced Friday afternoon that Jaylen Brown has been ruled out because of a shoulder injury. Brown did not play in Thursday night's win over the Phoenix Suns. Center Robert Williams also remans out with left knee soreness.

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The good news for the Celtics is that veteran guard Evan Fournier has been removed from the injury report.

Fournier was acquired by the Celtics at the NBA trade deadline but has only played in two games for Boston, with his last appearance coming April 4 versus the Charlotte Hornets. He has been in the league's health and safety protocols for more than two weeks.

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Getting a quality scorer such as Fournier back in the lineup would be a huge boost to the Celtics as they try to keep pace with a high-scoring Nets team that could have All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant on the floor.

The Nets have beaten the Celtics twice by 10-plus points this season. Friday's game is the third and final regular season matchup between these teams.