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20 Under 25: Jaylen Brown enters critical 2019-20 season with Celtics

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20 Under 25: Jaylen Brown enters critical 2019-20 season with Celtics

People often say “the sky’s the limit” to describe a young player. Is it a fair label for Jaylen Brown? 

The perception of the 22-year-old Brown is ever-changing. First he was a reach of a draft pick, then he was a steal and a star in the making. An-up-and down third season was an overall step back statistically, so what is he now and, more importantly, what will he be going forward? 

A lot depends on where one places the blame for that third season, which saw his minutes and points dip. Brown could have been a victim of the Celtics’ plethora of options or his development simply could have stalled. 

If you feel it’s the former, the bad news is that Kyrie Irving, Terry Rozier and Al Horford leaving doesn’t really solve that on paper. The Celtics still have wings with whom Brown will have to coexist — most notably, Jayson Tatum and Gordon Hayward. 

Brown went from averaging 14.5 points a game in his second season to averaging 13.0 last season. His postseason points went down from 18 a night to 13.9. Those numbers will have to come up, especially considering Brown is going into the last season of his rookie contract. 

In a league taken over by power-duos, the perceived pair for the Celtics is Kemba Walker and Tatum. Yet is it really outside the realm of possibility that Brown, who’s got one more season under his belt, has a better season than Tatum? 

Brown’s got All-Star talent, but trying to project if and when he reaches his ceiling is what makes him one of the more intriguing players in the NBA. 

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How Tremont Waters, Vincent Poirier fared for Maine Red Claws vs. Wisconsin Herd

How Tremont Waters, Vincent Poirier fared for Maine Red Claws vs. Wisconsin Herd

Tacko Fall (knee) remains out for the Maine Red Claws, and Romeo Langford suffered another ankle injury, so that put Tremont Waters and Vincent Poirier in the spotlight on Thursday.

Waters has been sensational to begin his tenure in Maine. So good, in fact, that he earned NBA G League Player of the Month honors for November. 

For Poirier, Thursday night marked his first game playing alongside Waters with the Red Claws.

Here's how the two Celtics rookies performed in the 123-118 loss:

TREMONT WATERS

Waters filled the stat sheet again with a double-double as he notched 13 points (5-for-15 shooting) and 10 assists. The Celtics' No. 51 overall pick in this year's NBA Draft knocked down 3 of his 9 3-point attempts.

VINCENT POIRIER

Poirier made an instant impact in his first game in a Red Claws uniform. The Frenchman contributed 14 points while going 6-for-9 from the field and bringing down nine boards.

Next, the Red Claws will take on the Delaware Blue Coats on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. You can tune in to that matchup right here on NBC Sports Boston.

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Kings, which tips off today at 3 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call of the game at 3:30 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.

Why Grant Williams gave out candles to Celtics staff and teammates

Why Grant Williams gave out candles to Celtics staff and teammates

Last month, Grant Williams' generosity was on display when he provided the Boston Celtics staff with a special gift.

The C's rookie gave out candles to media members, teammates, and employees throughout the organization to show his appreciation for their work. He also took to Twitter to express his gratitude.

Williams talked to NBC Sports Boston's Kyle Draper on Celtics Post Up about why he chose candles as the gift for his kind gesture.

"Candles, for me, they always put me in a great mood," Williams said. "They're relaxing. They can change your emotion after a long day. I think it's a small token of just showing appreciation and allows especially during the holidays to be able to go home and just have something where you say 'I feel appreciated.'"

A simple yet thoughtful explanation from the 21-year-old.

Williams has been impressive on the court as well as off of it this season. Of course, his 3-point shooting remains an area he'd like to improve. Especially if it means changing some of the nicknames he's been given by his Celtics teammates.

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