Experience drives excellence
Again, the experience Jaylen Brown earned from last season’s playoff run is paying dividends this season.
No matter how far the Boston Celtics go, Brown is showcasing that he has what it takes to be a prime performer when the game is on the line. Without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, the youngster has had to step up his game both on the court and as a leader.
Furthermore, he is showing that he is ready to put a team on his shoulders the way he did in Game 4 when he exploded for 34 points in Boston’s near-comeback.
"“The atmosphere (last postseason) was such elite-level talent, and with the atmosphere of the crowd, and the intensity, and the media, the pressure of the game and things like that,” Brown said following Game 4. “So last year was kind of eye-opening to me, and this year I was a lot more prepared for it.”"
That level of preparation was also due to his increased minutes during the regular season. Thrown into a larger role due to Hayward’s injury, Jaylen Brown earned the opportunity to be in the game down the stretch during some of the big games of the season.
He came through in those situations. Not only did Brown have big games against the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, he didn’t shy away from taking big shots or even the last shot like the dagger that won a late-season game against the Utah Jazz.