The Boston Celtics are set to make their second straight Eastern Conference Finals appearance with another matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It will bring forth what could be another hotly contest series for them on against defending conference champions led by LeBron James playing at an all-time level on the court.
A major part of the Celtics’ offensive push to counter James and the Cavaliers will be second-year guard Jaylen Brown, who has been dealing with a lingering hamstring injury. According to Mar D’Amico of Celtics.com, Brown has voiced that he doesn’t believe that he will be limited physically in any fashion in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Jaylen Brown says his hamstring is doing much better and that he doesn’t anticipate being under any minute restrictions during the Conference Finals.
— Marc D'Amico (@Marc_DAmico) May 11, 2018
Since making his return to the court in the final four games of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers, Brown has continued to show no lingering effects from the injury. In fact, he was able to take that workload up to 31 minutes in Game 5 on Wednesday night in the close-out Game 5 where he had a huge performance with 24 points in the win.
What should also help his case is that the Celtics have had the benefit of having a few days off before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday afternoon. This should provide some necessary rest for him to get over any possible nagging issues with the hamstring injury.
Brown is set to once again play a huge part in helping the Celtics overcome the surging Cavaliers. It is a huge challenge that this time around the 21-year-old looks to be more prepared to handle the pressure and expectations that are laid before him. He will be counted to play a major offensive role that he has taken head-on with much success in the playoffs averaging 16.9 points on an effective o48.7 percent shooting from the field and 41.5 percent from beyond the arc.