The Boston Celtics have lost a lot of talent over the last few years. Kyrie Irving left to sign with the Nets. Gordon Hayward left to sign with the Hornets. Al Horford started to decline as a player and then left to sign with the 76ers. Role players like Terry Rozier, Marcus Morris, and Brad Wanamaker all left, leaving the Celtics in need of replenishing the roster.
On the daily Locked On Celtics podcast, host John Karalis explains why even on a tough shooting night, Jaylen Brown is starting to prove he’s a real star in the NBA who can carry a team when he is needed:
John Karalis: Grinding out a win like this, I think was good. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were coming up huge. Tatum, all 10 of his points in the third quarter were in the last six minutes. The Celtics were dying, and their star slid and said nope, not tonight. Then Jaylen Brown’s fourth quarter, on a tough shooting night, was the third good thing after Tatum’s big third quarter and grinding out this win.
So on a night where Jaylen Brown did not shoot great, 8-of-23 from the field and 3-of-9 nine from 3, that is way off from how hot he’s been. He’s been so blisteringly hot that a night like this is a really off night for him. However, in the fourth quarter, he picked it up to 3-of-6 with four rebounds, an assist, a steal, a block, catching two 3s in the corner down the stretch, which was part of a 15-2 run that turned the game completely around. That’s what the stars do.