Jaylen Brown was in a zone
Taking a break from the negative portion of the game, let’s jump to when the Celtics looked like they were going to come back and win. After a timeout, trailing by 20, the C’s came out roaring. By the end of the third, they had cut the lead to 8.
Any team can make a little dent after being down 20. But to come all the way back and take the lead, the Celtics needed someone to establish himself as the number one option. As I just mentioned, I expected this to be Tatum all series. He had shown that ability in the regular season a few times. However, it turned out that player was Jaylen Brown.
In the first half, Brown was the only player having any success. In the second half, he led a team back with an enormous amount of success. Outcome aside, what I saw today from Jaylen in just his second year is something of a budding star in the NBA. Clutch threes that barely hit the net. A one legged fadeaway that should have been an and-one. The stepback three over Khris Middleton to cut the lead to one. Big time.
It was incredible. If the Celtics won, he would have been the talk of the town.
But there was just one more thing I wanted from Brown.