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Celtics Talk Podcast: Jaylen Brown continues to be MVP of the bubble for C's

Celtics Talk Podcast: Jaylen Brown continues to be MVP of the bubble for C's

Jaylen Brown has improved every facet of his game in Year 4 of his promising NBA career.

The Boston Celtics forward is averaging career highs in every major statistical category, and he's done a stellar job playing the Robin to Jayson Tatum's Batman throughout the 2019-20 season.

So far in the Orlando bubble, though, it's Brown who has taken over as Boston's Most Valuable Player.

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Brown has been on fire through six games in the bubble, averaging 21.7 points, 7 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 1.2 assists through six games. On a brand new edition of the Celtics Talk Podcast, A. Sherrod Blakely emphatically explains to Kyle Draper why Brown is indisputably Boston's best player at this point in time.

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"In this moment, right now. Jaylen Brown is the best two-way player on this team right now. Right this minute," said Blakely. "And I'll go a step further, Jaylen Brown is the best player on this team period right now based on what he's doing in the bubble. Now, when we get to the playoffs do I expect him to be their best player? No. I expect him to be in the top three. I expect Tatum or Kemba to elevate and be that guy."

Blakely also praised Brown for continuing to be a leader off the court while dominating on it. After Sunday's overtime win vs. the Orlando Magic, the 23-year-old spoke at length about the issues of police brutality and mental health.

"Jaylen Brown is killing it, man. I mean he has been just an absolute beast," Blakely said. "And the thing that I love about Jaylen is that not only is he being a beast on the court and helping his team win, but all the social issues that he was championing before he got in the bubble that he said he would continue to have those conversations and use his platform to elevate those discussions, he's kept his word along those lines."

Also discussed on the latest episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast: How will Stevens handle playoff rotation? Has Robert Williams earned playing time over Enes Kanter? Who is the Celtics' ideal first-round opponent? And is Gordon Hayward the C's X-factor for the playoffs?

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Is facing the Bucks right away an advantage for C's?

Celtics Talk Podcast: Is facing the Bucks right away an advantage for C's?

It's time to get excited, Boston Celtics fans. We're only one day away from the resumption of the 2019-20 Celtics season.

The C's concluded their scrimmages Tuesday and are set to play their first meaningful game in four months on Friday night. They'll be faced with a difficult task right off the bat as they'll take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the first-place Milwaukee Bucks.

As daunting as that matchup may seem, it could actually end up working in Boston's favor. On the latest episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast, A. Sherrod Blakely, Chris Forsberg and Kyle Draper discuss Friday's anticipated Celtics-Bucks matchup and whether it could be beneficial for the C's to restart the season against the NBA's best.

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Blakely believes going toe-to-toe with Milwaukee is a great measuring stick for Boston after the four-month layoff.

"If you are a basketball fan, if you are a Celtics fan, this is exactly what you want," Blakely said. "You really have no idea where your team stands at this point. And to put yourself up against the best team record-wise in the NBA right off the bat, it's a great litmus test."

Draper notes that Friday's matchup isn't about the final result, it's about how the C's look in their first official game back.

"It's not about if they win or lose. It's how the game unfolds," Draper said. "Can they stop Giannis from getting downhill? Can the Celtics get into the paint and finish around the rim?"

Forsberg points out the defense as what Celtics fans should keep an eye on throughout the game following a rough showing in their three scrimmages.

"We shouldn't overreact [to Friday's game], but we will," Forsberg said. "The one thing I came away saying from the scrimmage games was, 'Man, the defense stunk.' ... I'm terribly intrigued to see how they do. I do think the matchup with Giannis is fascinating.

"One of the biggest fears of Celtics fans is how will their big men hold up against powerful front lines ... There's little things that will give us an idea of how good the Celtics can be, and certainly, we shouldn't think of them as a finished product."

Also discussed on the latest episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast: Besides Jayson Tatum, who has to be great for the C's to succeed? Who can be the unsung hero? And just how wide open is the Eastern Conference?

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Clippers know how good Jayson Tatum can be

Celtics Talk Podcast: Clippers know how good Jayson Tatum can be

About one month before the 2020 NBA season was halted due to COVID-19, Jayson Tatum made the leap to superstardom.

Tatum put on a show on a national stage when he and the Boston Celtics took on the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 13. The 22-year-old dropped a game-high 39 points in the C's 141-133 victory.

That double-overtime thriller was the exclamation point on what has been a sensational season for Tatum, and he isn't done yet. He'll look to propel the Celtics to and through the postseason when the NBA season resumes next week.

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On the latest episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast, ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk chatted with Kyle Draper and Chris Forsberg about Tatum not being a guy the Clippers want to see again, and whether the C's have a shot at a title. 

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"The two games we've seen Jayson Tatum, he's been All-World," Youngmisuk said. "He had like 30 and 39 points basically going at Kawhi Leonard. So it's like, the two games the Clippers have seen Jayson Tatum, they don't want to see Jayson Tatum because Jayson Tatum's been unbelievable.

"That team is deep ... It would be an incredible series if the Clippers and Celtics were to meet in the NBA Finals. I think a lot of people tend to sleep on the Celtics because everybody's talking about the Milwaukee Bucks. But I think the Celtics are a really good team and a dangerous team."

It goes without saying C's-Clippers would be one of the best possible matchups for this year's Finals. After what Tatum showed us in February, how could you not be left wanting more?

Also discussed on the latest episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast were whether the C's can translate their great practices into play, how important the No. 2 seed is to Boston, how the Celtics stack up against the Clippers, and much more.

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