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Jaylen Brown looking like the 2018 post-season version of himself

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It took a while, but Jaylen Brown is looking like the 2018 post-season version of himself. Actually, he has been even better than that. He is telling his critics that they may have been wrong about him.


In last years playoffs, Jaylen played in 18 games and averaged 32.4 MPG, 18.0 PPG, 4.8 RPG - while shooting 47%/39%/64% on field goals, threes and foul shots, respectively. For the last seven games - playing only 25.4 minutes per game, his numbers are 15.7 PPG and 5.4 RPG - while shooting 50%/43%/85%. Brown has hit 17 of his last 20 free throws. And Boston holds a 6-1 record during that 7-game span.

GET JAYLEN BROWN INTO THE DUNK CONTEST pic.twitter.com/LpYJdemIao— Taylor Snow (@taylorcsnow) January 31, 2019
In last night's 126-94 blowout of the Charlotte Hornets, Jaylen played a team-high 29 minutes (tied with Marcus Smart) - scored a team-high 24 points - and was also the top board man with ten rebounds. He looks relaxed and comfortable out there, and he seems to be enjoying himse…

Danny Ainge decision time for trade deadline, buyout market and Jabari Bird

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The trade deadline is February 7th, and things will get crazy in the next nine days with the Anthony Davis saga ongoing. But what can't be ignored for playoff-bound teams is the March 1st date. Any players waived prior to that date can be signed by any team and participate in the 2019 post-season. Teams heading to the lottery often buy out veteran players to give the younger guys more floor time - and frankly, to tank - hoping for a higher draft pick.


Jabari Bird is still on the Celtics roster as he awaits trial on kidnapping and assault charges. Although I wish him well in life and in his basketball career, I would hate to ever see him in a Celtics uniform again. If Boston's roster remains the same after the February 7th trade deadline, Danny may need that roster spot if the right buyout candidate becomes available. Who might those be?

For the Celtics purposes, the player needs to be on an expiring contract. Zach Randolph of the Sacramento Kings would be a decent fit with Bost…

Celtics Jaylen Brown is asserting himself - and it shows

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Earlier in the season, the Celtics Jaylen Brown wasn't exactly lighting up the parquet with his production. His move from the starting lineup to the bench at the start of the season didn't seem to work well for him. That seems to be changing.


Jaylen's November stats were not reminiscent of his solid play in last year's post-season. His averages of 27.5 MPG, 11.3 PPG and 4.1 RPG were disappointing. And his accuracy fell to 42% on field goals and 21% on 3-pointers.

That has changed over the past five games where Boston holds a 4-1 record. Brown has averaged 14.8 PPG on 47% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc, while adding 4.4 RPG and 1.2 SPG. He has shed some of that hesitation I saw in his game earlier in the season. He is taking the shot when it presents, and he has definitely become more aggressive going to the hoop.

It isn’t always pretty, but Jaylen made it a priority to work on his mid-post and they’ve been pretty good when he gets his feet under him. pic.tw…