Jaylen Brown on impending snow storm: 'I’m not too happy about it'

Jaylen Brown on impending snow storm: 'I’m not too happy about it'

WALTHAM, Mass. – Jaylen Brown grew up in Georgia and his lone season of college basketball was spent on the campus of Cal in Berkeley, Calif.

While it has been a dream come true to play in the NBA for the most storied franchise in the league, adjusting to the seemingly never-ending days of harsh weather conditions – like the impending snow storm that has led to schools already being closed before the first snowflake touches down – has been a nightmarish reality for the 20-year-old whose life has been spent in mostly warm climates until now.

“It’s ridiculous,” Brown said of the anticipated snowfall in the Boston Metro area. “I’m not too happy about it. You kind of just have to deal with it … and get a bigger coat.”

Beginning sometime around 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, New England is bracing itself for what’s expected to be a steady downpour of snow with a couple of inches falling every hour until most places are digging themselves out from under at least a foot of snow.

Heavy snowfall in March gives new meaning to “March Madness” for sure.

The impending snowfall has already had an impact on the Celtics’ preparation for Wednesday’s home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“We were going to be off today and then practice tomorrow, but with the uncertainty of the weather, or maybe the certainty of the weather, we decided to move it to today,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “Not an ideal scenario, but that’s OK. We’ll try and take advantage of getting some rest tomorrow.”

Isaiah Thomas readily admits he loves everything about Boston … except the weather.

“Makes me mad when I wake up to it; it’s bad. It hurts my body,” said Thomas, grinning, who added that he plans to be indoors all day tomorrow. “I went grocery shopping already, so I’m good.”

On off days when in town, Thomas and other Celtics often travel to the practice facility in Waltham and get some shots up at night.

Thomas said he’ll still work on his game tomorrow, but he’ll do it without having to go outdoors.

“I got a gym in my apartment, so I can shoot if I want to,” said Thomas who is from Tacoma, Wash. “I’m telling you, I’m staying home.”

The same is not true for Jae Crowder, who grew up in Villa Rica, Ga. but says he and some of his teammates will try and get into the practice facility at some point tomorrow to get up some shots despite the bad weather coming to town.

“We’re going to try and get in here even though we have an off day,” Crowder said. “We know it’s (bad weather) coming.”

For Crowder who played at Marquette University in Milwaukee, he knows all too well how to navigate his way through heavy snowfalls.

But as you look around the Celtics roster, the same can’t be said for several of his teammates – Brown being among them.

Crowder’s advice to the young fella?

“Stay in the house; don’t go nowhere and make sure you have groceries in your house,” Crowder said. “He (Brown) lives by himself and he’s only a kid still; make sure he’s got food and don’t try and drive in it.”

That’s sound advice not only for Brown, but for all of us who will be affected in some way, shape or form by this winter storm.

Gordon Hayward rips back a morning workout while repping his Butler Bulldogs

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Gordon Hayward rips back a morning workout while repping his Butler Bulldogs

There hasn't been all positive news surrounding Gordon Hayward as of late.

The Celtics have been shooting down rumors of Hayward returning this season. Recent news has detailed a minor setback in his recovery.

But it's always good to see the C's superstar up early crushing a workout in the weightroom.

We might not see him back in 2018, but his dedication during recovery is something to admire.


Celtics look to continue rolling on the road

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Celtics look to continue rolling on the road

It seems all season we’ve talked about the Boston Celtics overcoming adversity, whether it be a bad injury to a key player or a blown assignment leading to a loss.

Nowhere is this more apparent than their play on the road this season which ranks among the best in the NBA.

The Celtics will look to continue on their road warrior-like ways tonight at New Orleans, a team that’s fighting for playoff position in the tighter-than-usual Western Conference.

In recent years, the terrain has been rough for teams from the East venturing into Western Conference territory.

For this year’s Celtics?

Not so much.

Boston comes into tonight’s game with a 17-7 record against Western Conference teams, tops among all teams in the East.

And while Boston has eight road games left this season, they are on pace to finish with one of the best road records in franchise history.

Currently 24-9 away from the TD Garden (tops in the East, third overall in the NBA), that’s a winning percentage of .727 which is the fourth-highest in franchise history.

Here are five under-the-radar story lines to keep an eye on when the Boston Celtics take on the New Orleans Pelicans tonight.


It’s a given that Al Horford will spend time defending Anthony Davis tonight. And while Davis will likely have a strong night scoring the ball, you can count on Horford making it extremely tough on him. When the two teams met on Jan. 16, Davis was 8-for-19 shooting for 16 points in 52 possessions when defended by Horford. For the game, Davis had 45 points on 16-for-34 shooting.


We’ve seen “Playoff" Rondo and “National TV" Rondo deliver some impressive performances in the past. What will we see from “Well-Rested” Rondo? The Pelicans gave the ex-Celtic the night off on Saturday as to not play him in back-to-back games. Of the two games, it made sense to sit him against the Rockets and have him ready to roll against a Boston Celtics team that will not have its full complement of players available.


Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry had some choice words about the officiating in New Orleans’ 107-101 loss to Houston on Saturday that he clearly felt cost his team a better chance at winning. The only cost in play now is how big will the check be that he’ll pay the league for his comments about the officiating. His issue was that Anthony Davis doesn’t get enough calls based on the physical abuse he takes per game. Davis ranks fourth in the NBA in free throw attempts (7.8) per game, but only had four attempts against the Rockets. It’ll be worth watching whether the Pelicans, 16th in the league in free throw attempts (21.4) per game, will get to the line significantly more or less than their season average.


One of the keys to Boston’s improved play since returning to the floor since the all-star break, has been their ability to begin games with strong play. Boston has outscored their opponent in the first quarter each of the last eight games, and 10 of 11. In addition, Boston has been ahead at the half in each of their 10 games since the all-star break, which comes on the heels of trailing at the half in the seven games prior to the break.


Jayson Tatum has been one of the most impactful rookies in the NBA this season which will likely land him a spot on the NBA’s all-rookie first or second team. One of the strengths of Tatum has been his durability, evident by him being one of just two first-year players to appear in each of his team’s games played this season. He is joined by Memphis’ Dillon Brooks.