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Brown sees 'big difference' trading in goggles for contacts

Brown sees 'big difference' trading in goggles for contacts

BOSTON – Jaylen Brown’s recent eye issues led to him wearing goggles, then changing to a different pair, tossing those when they fogged up, only to come back to wearing contacts for Wednesday’s game against Denver.

“It was a big difference,” Brown said of not having to wear the goggles.

It certainly looked that way in his play, with Brown being among the many players on Wednesday to be in a really good rhythm shooting the ball.

And the timing could not have been any better as Boston outlasted the Denver Nuggets 124-118.

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Brown had 26 points – one shy of tying his career high – on 9-for-12 shooting.

As a team, Boston shot a season-high 59.5 percent from the field.

Ball movement, the sense of urgency to bounce back after a bad loss, trying to fill the void left by not having Al Horford (rest) around … there’s a number of reasons to help explain his impressive shooting night.

But none looms any larger than the fact that he was playing free of any limited vision issues that came up when he played with goggles.

“You take a lot of stuff for granted, and that’s one of them,” said Brown who did wear contacts during the game. “And when your vision is messed up and you try to play through it … I just appreciated being able to see.”

Brown explained the problems he experienced wearing the goggles.

“They were too much in my face,” he said. “I couldn’t see peripheral, and the other ones were just too tight, they kept fogging up. It was just uncomfortable with them, so I thought I was just better off without them. Tonight, I was blessed enough to be able to play with my contacts.”

And now that his vision is no longer an issue, Celtics head coach acknowledged how they can now joke around about the whole situation which began with Brown leaving his contacts in for too long which led to his right eye not being able to open and overall irritation that kept him sidelined for the Dallas game last week.

“We had some laughs in retro-spec,” quipped Stevens. “That’s pretty good; said retro-spec. Been thinking about that all week.”

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The Patriots are trolling Eric Bledsoe with Drew Bledsoe

The Patriots are trolling Eric Bledsoe with Drew Bledsoe

The Patriots wished the Celtics and Terry Rozier good luck in Game 3 with a hilarious tweet featuring former Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe.

After the Celtics' Game 1 win over Milwaukee, Rozier accidentally referred to Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe as Drew Bledsoe. After Game 2, Eric Bledsoe responded to a question about Rozier by claiming he didn't know who Rozier was.

So before Game 3, the Pats' social media team tweeted out this gem:

Well played, Patriots. Well played.

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No Henson for Bucks vs Celtics in Game 3, Zeller expected to start

No Henson for Bucks vs Celtics in Game 3, Zeller expected to start

MILWAUKEE – The Boston Celtics may see a blast from their not-so-distant past in ex-Celtic Tyler Zeller, who is expected to be in the Milwaukee Bucks’ starting lineup for tonight’s Game 3 matchup against Boston.

Zeller, who has averaged 1.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in the first two games of this best-of-seven playoff series, would potentially replace John Henson (back) who will not play tonight.

Milwaukee interim head coach Joe Prunty declined to say who would replace Henson, although it is expected to be Zeller or Thon Maker.

While Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton have been Milwaukee’s top performers, the loss of Henson will surely be felt.

The 6-foot-11 Henson has been one of the more consistent performers for Milwaukee outside of Antetokounmpo and Middleton, averaging 9.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting 69.2 percent from the field.

With Boston holding a commanding 2-0 series lead, look for the Bucks to play with a greater sense of urgency which in all likelihood will lead to a more physical game.

“That’s just the playoffs,” Zeller said. “It’s not like the regular season, some nights are, some nights aren’t (physical); be ready to go every night. Be ready. You know they’re going to push and shove, and we can also do the same.”

Moving up in the player rotation off the bench for the Bucks will be Thon Maker. In addition, there’s a good chance we’ll see Antetokounmpo spend more time at the center position than usual.

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