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Celtics Talk Podcast: Reaction to Jaylen Brown posterizing LeBron James

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Reaction to Jaylen Brown posterizing LeBron James

The Boston Celtics had one of their best wins of the season on Monday night against the Los Angeles Lakers. And with it came one of the biggest plays of the season.

In the Celtics dominating 139-107 victory, Jaylen Brown had a monster dunk over NBA legend, LeBron James. The play sparked the TD Garden crowd and helped to put an end to any comeback momentum the Lakers were building in the third quarter.

Here's a look at the play, via the Celtics on NBC Sports Boston Twitter account.

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On the latest episode of "The Celtics Talk Podcast," Abby Chin and Chris Forsberg discussed how amazing the dunk was by Brown and how the C's swingman felt while making the play.

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Chin spoke to Brown about what he was thinking about the dunk, and she also noted that he was more fired up than usual in the locker room after the game.

I asked him in the locker room if he knew he was dunking on LeBron as it was happening. And he said that he didn't, but he did know that it was a huge moment and loved every second of it.

Meanwhile, Forsberg marveled at Brown's athletic ability and how he was able to finish over LeBron.

Most guys jump and they come down. Jaylen went up, hit LeBron, and went higher. And I was like... that doesn't even make sense.

For more on the Celtics against the Lakers, Brown's dunk, and an exclusive 1-on-1 interview with Jayson Tatum, check out the latest episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast, which drops weekly as part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

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Celtics Talk Podcast: What is your level of confidence with this Celtics team?

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Celtics Talk Podcast: What is your level of confidence with this Celtics team?

Ahead of a strange five-day break in mid-December, the Boston Celtics are sitting at 17-7. But it's hard to figure out exactly how confident to be in this team.

On the one hand, the squad has certainly surpassed expectations to kick off the season. They have been dominant at the TD Garden and did have a 10-game home winning streak to start the campaign.

However, the C's just dropped two close games in a row to other Eastern Conference powers, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Indiana Pacers. Do those losses mean that the confidence in the Celtics that many were feeling to start the season should wane?

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On the latest episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast, Chris Forsberg, A. Sherrod Blakely, and Abby Chin all weighed in on how confident they currently are in the Celtics. And despite the team's mini losing streak, they all are still fairly confident in the squad.

Chin gave the team a 7-of-10 confidence rating. She cited the performance of the Celtics' bigs against the 76ers and the "flashes" the team has shown this season as the primary reasons for that.

I feel like the Celtics bigs, Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter, did a serviceable job against Joel Embiid and held their own on the offensive end, and that gave me a lot of confidence in this team. I think that there's no way you're going to get that kind of game from Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum on the same night maybe ever again in their careers in what they put up against the Sixers. And I still think we see flashes of what this team can be here and there which is why I'm excited about them.

Blakely was a bit more non-committal on a rating, and instead gave a range of somewhere between 7 to 8 with 8.5 being their ceiling.

I see two different teams. I see a team when they're complete and I see a team when they're incomplete. When they're incomplete, I'm with you, they're a 7. They were incomplete against Philly. When you have a healthy Marcus Smart and a relatively healthy, good-to-go health-wise team, they're an 8.

Blakely also called the Celtics "a good team" and said that if every team in the Eastern Conference was fully healthy, his top two teams would be the Milwaukee Bucks and the Celtics.

Hear Forsberg's confidence in the Celtics along with more analysis from Blakley and Chin on the latest episode of "The Celtics Talk Podcast," which drops every week on YouTube and as a part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

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Here's the key to the Celtics taking over the Eastern Conference

Here's the key to the Celtics taking over the Eastern Conference

Now 24 games into the season, the Boston Celtics are holding their own in a competitive Eastern Conference.

The C's (17-7) currently hold a fourth-place spot behind the Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, and Philadelphia 76ers. The play of Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown -- along with the newfound team chemistry -- has inspired confidence in this year's squad. But what's the key to them establishing their dominance in the East?

One area the Celtics could look to improve is at the center position. Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love reportedly has been connected to the C's in trade discussions, but a deal seems unlikely. So assuming the C's don't make any additions, how can they compete with the Joel Embiids and Giannis Antetokounmpos of the world?

On the latest episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast, A. Sherrod Blakely explains how Boston's success down the stretch depends on the play of its current group of big men.

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"For you to get out of the East, you have to look at the teams at the top and you're talking about Philadelphia, you're talking about Milwaukee, Toronto to an extent, Indiana," Blakely said. "You know that basically you can cobble together guys at that middle position that can hold their own against those guys. It's what can the Jaylen Browns, the Jayson Tatums, the Kemba Walkers... those are the guys that are your foundation -- Gordon Hayward. They have to carry you to success.

"If the guys at the center position can just hold their own, you don't have to be great -- you don't have to be all-world, you don't have to be able to dominate Anthony Davis anything like that, you just have to be solid and let those other guys handle their business. That can get you out of the East, but championship? I don't think so..."

Blakely, Chris Forsberg, and Abby Chin also discuss their confidence level in the Celtics this season, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown's starts to the 2019-20 campaign, and much more.

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