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Celtics Spotlight: Will Jaylen Brown stand out, or get lost in the shuffle?

Celtics Spotlight: Will Jaylen Brown stand out, or get lost in the shuffle?

One of the little known facts about Jaylen Brown is that while in high school he was the captain of his school’s chess team.

So as the fourth-year wing enters his first contract year in the NBA, it’s no surprise he’s been looking to hire an agent for the first time in his career, a move that should benefit him in the now as well as the future. Rumor has it he's already chosen ex-teammate Al Horford's agent, Jason Glushon, to represent him.

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Brown is taking a similar approach towards his play on the court which after spending most of his career playing both guard positions and some small forward, expect to see an expanded game this season that will have the 6-foot-7 Brown playing some power forward, too. 

It’s the kind of move that will shine an even brighter light on Brown’s versatility, which comes in handy when you’re talking about the future of the NBA -- and from Brown’s perspective, making sure you’re part of that future. 

 It’s a successful season for Brown if … 

… his playing time continues to exceed the 25-minute barrier. When he played at least 25 minutes last season, the Celtics were 25-16 (.610 winning percentage). When he played less than 25 minutes, Boston was 18-15 (.545 winning percentage). Because of the versatility that Brown has shown in the past and continues to display now, Boston is going to need him to be a defensive jack-of-all-trades this season. And when the postseason rolls around, playoff Jaylen has to show up. Brown has never been one of Boston’s top scoring options, and yet his numbers in the playoffs per-36 minutes are what you expect from one of your primary starters: 17.9 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 36.0 percent from behind the arc.

It’s a disappointing season for Brown if … 

… he gets lost in the player shuffle and allows that to affect his play and potentially, his contract situation going forward. He has displayed a level of mental toughness during his time in Boston that makes one believe he’ll be fine. But this is new territory for the soon-to-be 23-year-old Brown, going through his first season with free agency likely around the corner. The hope is that he’ll continue to handle whatever is thrown his way in a professional manner and not let it impact his play, which was an issue at times for ex-Celtic Terry Rozier. After a strong postseason in 2018, Rozier did not handle his minutes being limited with the return of Kyrie Irving. Gordon Hayward is going to see a noticeable uptick in his playing time which may cut into the minutes that Brown receives. How he handles that will be one of the keys to both his success and the success of the Celtics this season. 

2019-2020 Outlook

Look for Brown to have a season similar to last year as far as being someone who floats in and out of the Celtics’ starting lineup. Brown showed that he could play with a level of consistency, both with the first group as well as being a major contributor off Boston’s bench. And while Brown’s individual numbers are similar as a starter and as a reserve, the most noticeable difference is the impact that Brown tends to make when he’s with the reserve unit. As a starter, Brown had a plus/minus of minus-1.5 points last season while his plus/minus as a backup was plus-3.4. 

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Kyrie Irving (shoulder) out indefinitely, could miss March 3 game in Boston

Kyrie Irving (shoulder) out indefinitely, could miss March 3 game in Boston

It looks like Boston Celtics fans may have to wait even longer to witness Kyrie Irving's return to TD Garden.

The ex-Celtics guard has been ruled out indefinitely after re-aggravating his injured right shoulder, Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said Tuesday. That likely puts Irving's status in doubt for the March 3 C's-Nets game in Boston.


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Irving didn't travel to Boston when his Nets visited the Celtics on Nov. 27. The shoulder injury has limited him to only 20 games this season, but he's been effective when healthy, averaging 27.4 points and 6.4 assists per game. 

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That 617 Life Podcast: What can NBA do to improve dunk and 3-point contests?

That 617 Life Podcast: What can NBA do to improve dunk and 3-point contests?

If you missed this year's NBA All-Star Game, you missed one of the most entertaining All-Star events in recent sports history.

Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis came down to the wire, with both teams battling at 100-percent effort to reach the target score of 157 under the game's new format. Defense was being played at a tremendously high level, which we've hardly ever seen in any NBA All-Star Game. Toronto Raptors star Kyle Lowry even took two charges.

But as great as the game was, All-Star Weekend as a whole could still use some improvement. Particularly in the dunk and 3-point contests.

On the latest edition of the "That 617 Life" podcast, hosts Leroy Irvin, Shanda Foster, and Cerrone Battle discuss what the NBA could do to make them better:

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Battle thought the 3-point and dunk contests were entertaining, but would like to see more participants:

Another issue I have with All-Star Weekend when it comes to the 3-point contest and the dunk contest is the amount of participants ... I remember Terry Porter and Mark Price going at it at the same time. It was like 12 guys in the contest, you know what I'm saying?

And in the dunk contest -- I mean at one point back in the 80's it was like 10 dudes trying to win it. And it's like now, as good as it is, I would love to see more participants. I want to see more people in it. I want to see a longer contest. A true tournament.

Foster agrees with Battle and wants to see some of the biggest stars in the league step up to join in on the festivities.

They need to bring that back. I got really sick and tired of seeing -- and you know, I get it, it's the vacation -- but it was irritating to see the big names just flossing all their photos on Instagram from vacation when it's like, you know, it's All-Star break -- it's called All-Star for a reason. It's not "All-Star" if the All-Stars aren't all there.

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