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Jaylen Brown won't attribute early-season success to Kyrie Irving’s departure

Jaylen Brown won't attribute early-season success to Kyrie Irving’s departure

Jaylen Brown is having a terrific season for the Boston Celtics in the early going. 

His success shouldn't surprise anyone, and he's wouldn't attribute his terrific start to Kyrie Irving's departure to the Brooklyn Nets. In fact, he wouldn't comment on the question, sort of.

At the shootaround Friday ahead of the Celtics' game in Denver, Brown was asked if he and teammate Jayson Tatum felt "freer" to play their style of basketball now that Irving is gone. 

Brown chuckled at the question.

“No comment. Next question," Brown said. 

Questions about the 2018-19 season, clearly, aren't the C's favorite -- probably a season they want to forget. 

With Irving gone, the Kemba Walker-led C's have exceeded some expectations so far this season at 11-3. 

This season, Brown is averaging 18.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game while shooting 47.3 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from beyond the arc. Through the 2018-19 campaign, the 23-year-old averaged 13 points, 1.4 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game while shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from three-point range.

Brown seemingly has more of an opportunity to play his game this season, according to the stats, despite not directly saying so Friday. 

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2020 NBA Mock Draft 3.0: No clear-cut choice at No. 1

2020 NBA Mock Draft 3.0: No clear-cut choice at No. 1

BOSTON -- With about six weeks of NBA games left to play, there’s a heightened level of uncertainty as to who will be the No. 1 overall pick. 

There is no Zion Williamson in this year’s draft; that is, a player who would be the top pick regardless of who is on the clock. 

This is a draft where the top picks are going to address specific team needs as opposed to most drafts where the value of the early selections is how they enhance a team's overall talent. 

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And just like there’s no clear-cut No. 1 pick, there’s going to be quite a bit of jockeying among NBA teams as far as who will have the best shot at landing one of the top picks. 

That said, here’s the current draft order based on records and the player those respective teams are likely to select. 

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How Tremont Waters fared for Maine Red Claws vs. Lakeland Magic

How Tremont Waters fared for Maine Red Claws vs. Lakeland Magic

With Tacko Fall out due to a toe injury, Tremont Waters was the center of attention for the Maine Red Claws on Thursday night.

Unfortunately for Maine, Waters was unable to propel them to victory as they fell to the Lakeland Magic, 106-103.

It was a rather inefficient day for Waters, as the Boston Celtics rookie had 14 points on 5-for-17 shooting to go along with 11 turnovers.

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He did provide a few nice highlights, though, which you can watch below:

With Waters struggling, it was Bryce Brown leading the way for the Red Claws with 27 points and 5 rebounds.

Waters and the Red Claws will look to bounce back Saturday at 7 p.m. with a home matchup against the Erie Bayhawks.

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