Jaylen Brown helped the Boston Celtics survive the Portland Trailblazers with clutch shots in the team’s 128-124 victory Sunday night.
The Boston Celtics are back in the win column in the in the Orlando bubble and there is a lot to feel good about despite the team blowing a 24-point lead and nearly falling to Damian Lillard and the Portland Trailblazers Sunday night.
One of those feelings to feel good is the clutch shooting of one Jaylen Brown.
As a player who is proving by the day that he doesn’t back down from the big moment on the court or off the court, Brown made sure he didn’t let the Celtics lose to Blazers with a 30-point performance on the night with 16 of those points coming in the fourth quarter.
Combining with Jayson Tatum for 64 points in the 128-124 victory, Brown was absolutely amazing down the stretch. Catching fire at the right time behind the three-point strike, the fourth-year wing hit some absolute daggers to answer the hot shooting of the Blazers.
The biggest shot of the night came with 32.3 seconds left in the game. With the Celtics up 122-119, Jaylen Brown put the game away with this super clutch shot that was the perfect ending to his storybook performance on the night:
As big as that shot was, however, Brown’s clutch shooting prior to that point was what kept the Boston Celtics from completely collapsing to the hot hands of Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Gary Trent Jr., who all caught fire behind the stripe.
More importantly for the Celtics, it was the confidence of Jaylen Brown that took over the game.
“He’s got confidence, for sure,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said following the game, via WEEI. “Jaylen was enormous tonight.”
Responding how star players do, Brown complimented Jayson Tatum and his 34-point bounce back performance with an elite effort when the game was on the line. That is exactly what Celtics fans have been envisioning with the growth of this duo who are maturing right before our eyes.
Along with his voice of activism off the court, the leadership Jaylen Brown is showing on the court, particularly offensively, is a championship quality value the Celtics will benefit from. The man has proven he can score from anywhere on the court. As he proved Sunday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, he is not afraid of taking shots when his team needs it.
He also sounds like a true leader despite his youth. Following the game, he summed up the night saying, “we have a young team, but we don’t have time for young mistakes.”
In all, the Boston Celtics also got nice performances out of Gordon Hayward and Kemba Walker. With all four players clicking, this is a team that can beat anyone, especially when a talented, rising star like Jaylen Brown is blazing with confidence on the basketball court.