Jaylen Brown looking like the 2018 post-season version of himself
It took a while, but Jaylen Brown is looking like the 2018 post-season version of himself. Actually, he has been even better than that. He is telling his critics that they may have been wrong about him.
In last years playoffs, Jaylen played in 18 games and averaged 32.4 MPG, 18.0 PPG, 4.8 RPG - while shooting 47%/39%/64% on field goals, threes and foul shots, respectively. For the last seven games - playing only 25.4 minutes per game, his numbers are 15.7 PPG and 5.4 RPG - while shooting 50%/43%/85%. Brown has hit 17 of his last 20 free throws. And Boston holds a 6-1 record during that 7-game span.
GET JAYLEN BROWN INTO THE DUNK CONTEST pic.twitter.com/LpYJdemIao— Taylor Snow (@taylorcsnow) January 31, 2019
In last night's 126-94 blowout of the Charlotte Hornets, Jaylen played a team-high 29 minutes (tied with Marcus Smart) - scored a team-high 24 points - and was also the top board man with ten rebounds. He looks relaxed and comfortable out there, and he seems to be enjoying himself.
Jaylen Brown has recorded the first 20-point, 10-rebound double-double of his NBA career— Celtics Stats (@celtics_stats) January 31, 2019
Brown did it all last night. Beyond the double-double, he always seemed to be in the right place for offensive rebounds and put-backs. His points also came on fadeaways, full-court drives and highlight dunks. His 10 rebounds were a bonus. The highlights below are worth watching. If Danny Ainge was thinking of a trade involving Jaylen, he may have second thoughts.
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