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It often seems like the only time Jaylen Brown gets attention is when one of his teammates yells at him (read the Marci - Smart & Morris). His quiet demeanor is mistaken for disinterest. Well, the Quiet Man is getting attention lately, as an absolute mainstay on the second unit.


In last night's loss to the Trailblazers, Jaylen picked up a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) and collected the Tommy Award. I had written recently of Brown BEING the bench for Boston in a loss to the Bucks, and it happened again last night.


Jaylen was Boston's sole bench player with any significant production. Marcus Smart played 36 minutes for the short-handed Celtics, while Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and Kyrie Irving logged 35 in the defeat. Gordon Hayward played 27 minutes off the bench but scored only three points.



Over the past four games (per 36 minutes), Jaylen is averaging 17.9 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 2.9 APG and 2.9 SPG. In that same span, he is shooting 50% on field goals and 36% on 3-pointers. Like the character played by John Wayne in the movie of the same name, never count out The Quiet Man. Jaylen is quietly making an argument for more minutes - and possible restoration to his previous starting role. He will be vital in the post-season.

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Tom Lane 2/28/2019 06:48:00 AM Edit
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