Jaylen Brown

Stars, studs, and duds: Irving drops 36, but Ginobili comes up clutch

Stars, studs, and duds: Irving drops 36, but Ginobili comes up clutch

Jaylen Brown knew there would be an adjustment of sorts for him when he wore prescription goggles for the first time. 

While it’s unclear how much longer he’ll sport the new goggles, one thing is much clearer now for Brown – his vision. 

“It looked better than my actual contacts,” said Brown who was wearing the goggles because of irritation from wearing his contacts that forced him to miss Wednesday’s game against Dallas. “Everything was so much clearer; I had to get adjusted to it a little bit.”

After tallying just two points in the first half of Boston’s 105-102 loss to San Antonio on Friday, Brown was far more productive in the second as he finished with 15 points and five rebounds. 

“I got a little more adjusted to them in the second half,” Brown admitted. “Still, it’s an adjustment process. It’s the first time I’m wearing something on my face. I just have to find my rhythm.”

Brown said the clarity he has with the goggles is “like 3-D on my eyes,” adding that he doesn’t know why but everything on the court "looks so clear. I just have to get adjusted to it.”

Brown said he’ll get an eye exam when the Celtics return to Boston from their three-game road trip next week. 

“If things don’t seem to change (with his vision), I’ll probably keep wearing them until things do,” Brown said. 

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 105-102 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. 

 

STARS

LaMarcus Aldridge: The Boston Celtics were no match for Aldridge who got pretty much whatever he wanted from the perimeter or in the paint. He led the Spurs with a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. 

Kyrie Irving: Kyrie Irving could not have been more potent offensively at the start of the game, tallying 17 of his game-high 36 points in the first quarter. 

 

STUDS

Manu Ginobili: He only had 11 points, but man were they huge. He drained a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the half which gave the Spurs their first lead of the game, 56-55. And then he knocked down the game-winning shot with 5.0 seconds to play. 

Jayson Tatum: It was yet another strong performance for Tatum, who had 20 points on 6-for-11 shooting with eight rebounds and two steals.

Terry Rozier: A strong first half with 11 points, Rozier couldn’t quite rekindle that red-hot play in the second as he finished with just two points in the second half for a 13-point total.

 

DUDS

Al Horford: One of Horford’s worst games of the season, he was nowhere to be found most of the game offensively or defensively. He had just two points on 1-for-6 shooting. But he simply was no match for LaMarcus Aldridge who scored seemingly at will when Horford defended him. 

Marcus Smart: Like Horford, this was a rough game all night for Smart who fouled out with 2:52 to play. Prior to fouling out, Smart had just four points. But more disturbing was that he had more turnovers (3) than assists (2) which is not what Smart, the NBA’s assists leader among reserves this season, is accustomed to doing when on the floor.

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Brown to wear prescription goggles vs Spurs

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Brown to wear prescription goggles vs Spurs

Like many young NBA players, Jaylen Brown is big on being as fashionable as possible. 

And tonight against San Antonio he’ll don a new look, although he’ll be the first to tell you the intent isn’t to make a fashion statement.

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Brown will be wearing goggles tonight after missing Boston's win over Dallas on Wednesday because of eye irritation in his right eye because of the contacts he wears.  

“It’s getting better,” Brown told reporters on Friday. “My contact I guess, from over-use or over-wear, just really irritated my eye. It didn’t get infected or anything, but I woke up (Wednesday) and I couldn’t open it and I couldn’t see. So, I couldn’t play.”

So, tonight he’ll be wearing a pair of to-be-determined goggles.

“I’m gonna break ‘em out tonight,” Brown said. “I’ve got a bunch. So, it’s gonna be a game-time decision which ones I’m gonna go with, but I’m breaking ‘em out tonight.”

Brown, who visited with an optometrist on Thursday night for what will be prescription goggles, said he has been advised to not wear contacts for a while, just to better ensure his eyes don’t get infected. 

“If it gets infected you can lose your sight,” said Brown who will be without contacts for at least a week. “So, I don’t want to mess around with that. So, I’ll be wearing goggles until further notice.”

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens used to wear contacts, and had a similar situation happen to him. 

“I’ve actually, it may not have been the same thing but I had contact issues in the past when I was at Butler and missed a game,” Stevens said. “I was also taken off contacts for a while so I know what he’s going through. I just didn’t have to wear goggles while I was playing.”

Maybe not, but Stevens’ contact problems did sideline him temporarily just like they did Brown.

“The day it happened to me was, I was in the middle of a game and both eyes were infected from a bad contact case,” Stevens said. “And I actually left at halftime. I couldn’t see the other side of the court. It was insane. I kind of knew what he (Brown) was going through. I don’t know if it’s the same thing. Those eye things are scary.”

The same may be said for the goggles that Brown selects.

Brown said his mother got a kick out of him needing to wear goggles. 

“I told her I might go with the retro specs, the Kareem Abduls,” quipped Brown. “She is a supporter of that.”

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Celtics-Spurs preview: C's look to grab two in a row vs. San Antonio

Celtics-Spurs preview: C's look to grab two in a row vs. San Antonio

Beating San Antonio in late October may have seemed like just one of the many clubs Boston sent away with a loss.

But the Spurs’ victory was, well, different.

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It was the first real test for the Celtics who had lost their previous six games on the TD Garden floor to the Spurs.

Beating them, obviously, was a big deal.

And to do it on the road?

That would be even more impressive considering the Celtics have lost 11 of the last 12 games on the road against the Spurs (17-8) heading into tonight’s matchup.

This season has been one in which the Celtics have had several mile marker-type wins to their credit, victories that in many ways validated them as one of the better teams in the NBA.

And the first of the bunch was Boston’s 108-94 win over the Spurs on Oct. 30, a game in which the Spurs were without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker.

But as we’ve seen time and time again, the Spurs are still one of the league’s best teams when it comes to winning, regardless of who is in their lineup or not.

Making Boston’s success thus far so surprising is how much they have leaned on first- and second-year players to win games.

“You never know how quick guys are going to pick up things,” said Boston’s Al Horford. “But from Day One with this group, guys try to play the right way, they’re about the right things. When you have a group of guys like that, you get these kind of results.”

In addition to getting significant contributions from rookies like Jayson Tatum as well as second-year wing Jaylen Brown, Boston has also benefited from playing their best basketball in the second half of games.

Boston ranks among the top-10 teams in the NBA in several categories based on second-half play, such as field goal percentage (.466, 8th in the NBA), 3-pointers made (5.7, 8th), 3-point percentage (.390, 3rd), points scored (53.6, 6th) in addition to a league-best defensive rating of 96.9 and an offensive rating of 111.4 which is second in the league.

 “Initially hearing that, you don’t want to necessarily be a second-half team,” said Boston’s Kyrie Irving. “Some of our first halves haven’t been the best; we understand that. Teams come out and hit us right away. We’ve come to expect (that) and we always try to keep it within (close) distance, especially if we’re not playing particularly well on both ends of the floor. The second half, we have to raise our level of play. Otherwise, teams are going to kick our butts.”

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