Brown to play more power forward in Celtics matchup against the Nets


Brown to play more power forward in Celtics matchup against the Nets

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Jaylen Brown’s versatility was among the many factors Boston weighed when they considered taking him with the No. 3 overall pick in last June’s NBA draft.

And the 6-foot-7 forward’s versatility will be on display at the power forward more than ever as the Celtics begin the second half of their preseason slate at Brooklyn on Thursday.

Brown has played both small and power forward thus far, but said on Wednesday that he’ll be seeing more action at power forward in part because of Gerald Green’s return to the lineup following a hip flexor injury.

“He’ll get more opportunities to play at the four (power forward),” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

Brown, who has averaged 8.0 points off the Celtics bench during the preseason, is primary concern at this point is doing enough to where the coaching staff is confident enough to put him in the game regardless of what position he’s asked to play.

“I still have a lot of stuff to work on,” Brown said. “But being able to get on the floor, play against NBA guys … just come back to work and get better.”

The Celtics have not played since Saturday, providing players like Brown lots of time to hone their skills.

“It’s hard to pinpoint what you learned the most,” Brown said. “So much stuff being throw at you. You have to be locked in on every task. I learned a lot in general, but it’s hard to pinpoint what I learned the most.”

Stevens is looking for growth in Brown as well as the rest of his players. But he’s quick to mention that players improving doesn’t necessarily manifest itself in increased playing time.

“I understand that development from an outside perspective is judged by minutes in games because that’s what everybody sees,” Stevens said. “Development (to) us is based on how much you’re growing day to day in everything you do.”

And part of Brown’s growth will be having the ability to play both small forward and power forward with the latter being a position he anticipated he would play some this season.

“Versatility is one of my key points,” Brown said. “I think I’m strong enough, agile enough to play the four (power forward). It’s going to take time. It’s going to be a progression, I have to get stronger, understand coverages better and things like that. But over time I definitely will probably play a lot of four.”

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CELTICS TALK PODCAST: How will Kyrie Irving's knee injury affect him going forward?

1:30 - How concerning is Kyrie Irving's injured knee? Kyle Draper, A. Sherrod Blakely, and Chris Mannix discuss how this will affect Kyrie for the rest of this season, if he will be ready for playoffs, and if it will linger into next year.

6:50 - What are the expectations for the Celtics if they are without Kyrie Irving? Is it worth it to push Kyrie to play if they can’t win the title this season?

9:05 - Celtics are playing more for the 2018-2019 season than they are for 2017-2018 as they could become serious title contenders with a healthy team and more development from young players.

11:50 - What will be the interest in Marcus Smart in the offseason? Is it more likely he leaves or stays in Boston?

15:30 - Raptors or Cavaliers are both dangerous teams in the Eastern Conference. Who is the favorite to come out of the East?

20:06 - How can dangerous could the 76ers be in the playoffs? Do they have a chance to win a playoff series?

24:19 - Brian Scalabrine sits down the Celtics head coach Brad Stevens to talk about NCAA March Madness and his love for Butler University. 



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NBCSB Breakfast podcast: Maybe next year will be the Celtics' year

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6:02 - Back in October Michael Felger prematurely said the Bruins' season was over. The B’s marketing team featured Felger in an ad for playoff tickets now that the Bruins have clinched the playoffs. Felger, Trenni and Gary react to the commercial and discuss the Bruins playoff chances.

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