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Boston's 123-116 loss to Milwaukee last night was a tough one. It has become obvious that the Celtics weaknesses that we saw in the regular season have become magnified in the post-season. One of those is the lack of cohesiveness that would bring all of the guys in green together for the same game. There is one bright spot - and that is Jaylen Brown.


In March, I wrote about Brown's surging play and how his value to the team would be vital in the upcoming playoffs. The following is my take from a March game versus the Hornets:

While most of us are cussing out the Celtics for their failure to close out games, I'll take the opportunity to remind Boston fans of Jaylen Brown's continued surge. In the loss to the Hornets last night, he poured in 29 points on 10-of-13 from the field ans 5-of-6 on 3-pointers. A total of eight of his 10 made shots were assisted by various teammates. The only question may be why the team didn't go to him more often.


Last night, Jaylen scored 18 points on 6-of-12 FG, 3-of-7 3's, 3-of-4 FT, also grabbing five boards with two assists, one terrific block (seen below), two steals - and a team-high plus/minus of +10.


For the three games in the Bucks series, Brown is averaging 33.2 MPG, 17.7 PPG, 5.0 RPG - while shooting 50%/38%/82% on field goals, 3-pointers and free throws, respectively. Once again, from my March analysis of Brown's surge:

The squeaky wheel gets the grease and the player in the spotlight gets the attention. But Jaylen remains the Quiet Man who doesn't demand the spotlight. Despite all of that, he is getting the attention because of his improved play and consistency. The spotlight certainly shined on him last night.

How important is Brown? When he picked up his fifth foul on a ludicrous call (and taken out of the game) at the 10:53 mark of the fourth quarter, Milwaukee had an 8-point lead (95-87). When Jaylen returned at the 4:51 mark, the Celts were down 16 points, 113-97.

So the Quiet Man is finally in the spotlight - as is Giannis Antetokounmpo being the Buck-in-the-headlights as Jaylen keeps jamming on him. I have always admired Jaylen's gentle demeanor, but it belies a quiet determination to excel. Where would we be without him this post-season?

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Photo via Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Imaages

Tom Lane 5/04/2019 07:31:00 AM Edit
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