Stars, studs and duds: Jaylen Brown shines while Brandon Ingram struggles

Stars, studs and duds: Jaylen Brown shines while Brandon Ingram struggles

The Boston Celtics put together a season’s worth of highlight reel-quality plays on Friday, but none compared to the acrobatic lay-up by Jaylen Brown in the fourth quarter when he switched hands in mid-air while being fouled.


It was that good, folks.

And the Celtics?

They were impressive as well, showing no letdown in a 115-95 win over the lowly Lakers following a signature victory on Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"We knew it was a big game for us,” Isaiah Thomas told reporters after Friday’s win.

To go from playing the best team in the East (Cleveland) to one of the worst out West (Lakers), the Celtics avoided what many anticipated would be a letdown.

But instead of a letdown, it was more of a beat down with the Celtics pulling ahead by as many as 31 points.

And Brown’s play was among the many factors contributing to an impressive Celtics win.

“Jaylen is a great, young athletic player,” Avery Bradley told reporters after the win. “I definitely think he’s going to have a bright future ahead of him. That play, it was a great pass by myself, but it was an even better finish.”

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Friday night’s game.



Jaylen Brown

His play stood out for all the right reasons. In addition to solid defense, Brown had a number of highlight-worthy moments as he finished with 16 points on 7-for-13 shooting with eight rebounds.

Isaiah Thomas

It was kind of weird seeing the fourth quarter roll around and see Thomas doing the same thing I was: watching the game. Although he was more than overdue for a night of late-game rest, Thomas still managed to finish with 18 points and eight assists.

Amir Johnson

Home cooking was indeed on the menu for the Los Angeles native. His play set the tone for the Celtics, finishing with 13 points along with five rebounds, four assists and two steals.



Jae Crowder

It was yet another highly efficient game for Crowder, who scored 10 of his 14 points in the first quarter and did it on 4-for-6 shooting to go with six rebounds and three assists.

Avery Bradley

The Celtics’ two-way standout looks to be back to where he was before his Achilles injury. He had 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting with four rebounds and four assists in just under 24 minutes.

Jordan Clarkson

The Lakers showed some fight in the third quarter, and Clarkson’s scoring had a lot to do with that. He finished with 20 points off the bench.

Al Horford

We know about Horford’s ability to get teammates involved offensively, but it was nice to see him look for his offense a little more than we’ve seen recently. He had 17 points on 8-for-12 shooting with four rebounds and three assists.



Brandon Ingram

The No. 2 pick in last June’s NBA draft was a total dud on Friday night. He played nearly 26 minutes of scoreless basketball, missing his only two shots from the field.

Jayson Tatum comes up big vs Paul George, Thunder

Jayson Tatum comes up big vs Paul George, Thunder

BOSTON – Jayson Tatum had another strong performance for the Boston Celtics, doing so against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Paul George, a player Tatum has acknowledged on more than one occasion he has looked up to. 

That admiration didn’t get in the way of Tatum delivering a big-time performance in helping Boston rally from six points down with 12.7 seconds to play, to knock off the Thunder 100-99.

Tatum tallied a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. And doing so at 20 years and 17 days old, Tatum became the youngest player in franchise history to tally at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in the same game.

“It feels good,” Tatum said when asked about his first 20-plus point, 10-plus rebound game in the NBA. “But honestly, I’m just glad we won. That was a big win against a great team and it was fun playing out there today.”

Impacting the game on multiple levels offensively along with being a defensive and rebounding force are qualities often associated with George who became familiar with Tatum prior to last June’s NBA draft which is when the Celtics selected him with the third overall pick. 

“I reached out to him before he was coming into this draft and I got to talk to him,” said George, who had 24 points and a game-high 13 rebounds against the Celtics. “It’s an honor when you see young talent. I‘ve been inspired by many in this league so it’s great to inspire the younger generation in this league.”

And while Tatum may be young, he continues to prove himself up for whatever challenges await him. 

“We are going to keep throwing to the wolves and keep going to him in those moments,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

Boston closed out the game with an 8-1 spurt in the final 24.7 seconds, with Tatum either scoring or assisting on five of those points which includes assistant on Marcus Morris’ game-winner.

Tatum’s composure down the stretch comes from being influenced by many, including George who considers it “an honor” that Tatum holds him in high regard. 

“At the end of the day, us veteran guys want the younger guys to take the game further and advance much farther than what I was,” George said. “There’s going to be kids looking up to Jayson (Tatum) that are probably already looking up to Jayson (Tatum).”


NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Kyrie Irving getting second opinion on injured knee

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Kyrie Irving getting second opinion on injured knee

1:15 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins Gary Tanguay and Trenni Kusnierek to discuss Kyrie Irving getting a second opinion on his injured knee and what the Kyrie’s options are for the remainder of the season.

5:53 - Kyle Draper and Brian Scalabrine break down the Celtics stunning last second comeback win over the Thunder with multiple key players sitting out.

10:27 - Tom Curran and Jerod Mayo stop by Early Edition to play a game of Fill in the Blank that involves Gronkowski’s contract and the Patriots best offseason acquisition.