Celtics vs. Trail Blazers overreactions: Jaylen Brown the new 'King in the Fourth'?


The Boston Celtics bounced back from Friday's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks with a 128-124 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.

It was a huge day for Jayson Tatum (34 points), who shot a woeful 2-for-18 from the field on Friday. Jaylen Brown (30 points) came up big when it mattered most, and Gordon Hayward added 22 points and eight rebounds of his own.

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Here are a few instant overreactions from the C's first victory of the season restart:

1. Jaylen Brown is the Celtics' new "King in the Fourth'.

Verdict: Overreaction

Brown is the main reason the Celtics were able to hold off the Trail Blazers in the second half as he made clutch shot after clutch shot and tallied 16 points in the fourth quarter alone.

This isn't Brown's first time stepping up when it matters most. Brown has proven time and time again that when the game is on the line, he's capable of propelling his team to victory.

So is it time to crown him the new "King in the Fourth"? Well, as great as Brown has been in crunch time, ex-Celtic Isaiah Thomas and C's guard Kemba Walker might have something to say about that.

Thomas didn't take too kindly to Walker being declared the new "King in the Fourth" earlier this season, and you can bet Walker wishes he had the chance to step up in this game. If not for his minutes restriction, we very well could be writing about Walker's heroics rather than Brown's.


We'll have to at least wait until the playoffs before we officially crown a king.

2. The real Jayson Tatum has returned.

Verdict: Not an overreaction

We don't know who that was going 2-for-18 in the Celtics' loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, but that wasn't Jayson Tatum.

The real Tatum showed up Sunday afternoon, putting up 34 points with eight assists and four rebounds.

This is the kind of performance C's fans have come to expect from Tatum, who showed he was on the verge of superstardom before the NBA season was suspended in March. It's the version of Tatum that Boston will need if it's to make a deep run in the playoffs.

As for what helped Tatum turn things around in his second game of the restart? We credit the adorable Deuce Tatum for being his good luck charm.

3. Near-collapse in second half is worrisome going forward.

Verdict: Overreaction

The Celtics were cruising and had a 24-point lead in this game, but C's fans have come to learn this season that no lead is truly comfortable.

Sure enough, the Trail Blazers stormed back to even take the lead at one point in the second half. Thankfully, great fourth-quarter play from Brown and Tatum allowed Boston to hold on.

As nice as it was to earn the first victory in the Orlando bubble, nearly blowing such a sizable lead definitely left a sour taste in the mouths of Celtics fans. It isn't worth worrying about, however, as there wasn't much the C's could do about Portland's barrage of deep 3-pointers in the third and fourth quarters.

Boston can't make these near-collapses a trend heading into the playoffs, but there's no need to overreact to Sunday's sequence of events.