Ainge: Jaylen Brown ‘ready to take on bigger roles’ in 2020-21 — Celtics Wire

Boston Celtics team president Danny Ainge thinks Jaylen Brown will be ready to take on a bigger role with the team after a massive 2019-20.

Ainge: Jaylen Brown ‘ready to take on bigger roles’ in 2020-21 — Celtics Wire

Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown has truly grown into a larger-than-life figure in his fourth season with the team, becoming a leader not just among his fellow Celtics or even in the NBA, but in his country and world.

In one of the most challenging moments in modern history, the Cal-Berkeley product helped lead his team to the brink of an NBA Finals appearance in a season assumed to be a “bridge year” by many.

He advocated caution in the midst of a pandemic when many were still cavalier; he pushed to protect the health of his fellow players in crafting an ingenuous solution to the pandemic itself, and he helped leverage that moment to provide critical support in the ongoing push for racial equity.

In short, he is a remarkable human being.

Team president Danny Ainge said as much when the topic of conversation with the press on the 2019-20 season on Thursday touched on Brown’s impact on the season, and Ainge was equally effusive in his praise of the young wing.

WATCH: Jaylen Brown’s best plays vs. Miami in the East Finals https://t.co/fQZ0aFqbVk

— The Celtics Wire (@TheCelticsWire) October 2, 2020

“I’ve said this a few times about Jaylen. He’s an impressive young man, and I’m really proud of him [and] how his game has developed from the time I met him,” began Ainge. “I’m not surprised.”

“Nobody would be surprised that he has become the voice of our locker room, the voice of our organization. He’s in meetings with our owners, and with [Director of Player Development] Allison Feaster, and with [Vice President of Community Engagement] Dave Hoffman, organizing the plans for social justice, so he is special. I knew that from the first time I met him, and I’m not surprised. But I’m also not surprised with the progress that he’s made as a player and how good a player he’s become before our eyes.”

“I think he’s ready to take on bigger roles, bigger opportunities, and I couldn’t be happier to have him on Boston Celtics and, and be with him at this time of his career,” he added.

Danny Ainge gives update on Kemba Walker’s first season, knee health https://t.co/dlGoFWTRtB

— The Celtics Wire (@TheCelticsWire) October 2, 2020

Jaylen Brown is an extraordinary basketball player, and we are lucky to have him in this league — nevermind on the Celtics.

And he is so much more than just a basketball player.

In an era of pundits telling athletes to “shut up and dribble,” Brown is leading a new generation of Americans, asking them to join him in standing up for their rights.

Related

Jaylen Brown plans to continue using his platform for positive change

Jaylen Brown skeptical Breonna Taylor’s killers will be charged

Jaylen Brown: ‘We need to start using different words other than reform’

Boston’s Jaylen Brown supports George Floyd bill for police reform

Celtics Notes: Brad Stevens Had Simple Message For Boston After Game 6 Loss — NESN.com

Sign In Sunday was a tough day for Boston sports fans. First, the Red Sox wrapped up their 2020 season and missed the postseason for the second straight year. Then the Celtics were eliminated from the Eastern Conference finals after a 125-113 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 6. It certainly was a close…

Celtics Notes: Brad Stevens Had Simple Message For Boston After Game 6 Loss — NESN.com

“My message was simple: I really appreciated the way they played basketball,” Stevens said, as seen on NBC Sports Boston’s postgame coverage. “… I really appreciated the way that they blocked out stuff that didn’t matter. I appreciated the way they found joy, and stuck together. We had one dustup, pretty good for a calendar year.”

Celtics eliminated in Game 6 loss to Miami — Boston Herald

For all that has been made of the Celtics’ young stars, a young star from the other side sent them home for the season Sunday night. Bam Adebayo, a relentless presence throughout the Eastern Conference Finals, produced his best game with 32 points (11-for-15), 14 rebounds and five assists – certainly enough to hasten the…

Celtics eliminated in Game 6 loss to Miami — Boston Herald

Previewing Boston Celtics-Miami Heat Game 6, Eastern Conference Finals — Celtics Wire

Can the Boston Celtics force a Game 7 with a win over the Miami Heat in Game 6 of their East Finals series? Tonight, we find out.

Previewing Boston Celtics-Miami Heat Game 6, Eastern Conference Finals — Celtics Wire

Once again, the Boston Celtics find themselves in a win-or-go-home moment as they face the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Trailing the Heat three games to two, the Celtics will need to win not only tonight, but on Tuesday as well to advance to face the Los Angeles Lakers, who just eliminated the Denver Nuggets Saturday evening to advance to the 2020 NBA Finals.https://widgets.thescore.com/embeds/dd6e26d2-9585-4271-acff-e63be80f2d33/BEADC5C312A8E594097D8DCF756D506B

For now however, the focus is just on Game 6, as they can’t afford to get caught daydreaming about what might lie ahead lest they become one of the 27 other teams no longer playing this season in the process.

Boston’s bigs buoy Game 5 with Kanter and Theis making critical plays https://t.co/Db5A3zkoFa

— The Celtics Wire (@TheCelticsWire) September 27, 2020

Little has changed in terms of likely adjustments; Boston has seemed to have become much more comfortable busting Miami’s preferred mode of bigs-up-front 2-3 zone, and has found ways to minimize center Bam Adebayo’s lob threat inside.

So long as the team’s perimeter and transition defense remains crisp and connected, the tools have been assembled for the job.

The question is whether the Celtics can maintain the laser focus needed to defeat such a disciplined opponent; all of Boston’s losses are arguably a result of them not doing so.

How to watch or stream Miami Heat-Boston Celtics East Finals Game 6 https://t.co/uFWUDjwWLX

— The Celtics Wire (@TheCelticsWire) September 27, 2020

Injuries are largely the same, with only rookie wing Romeo Langford (wrist) out for Boston and the Heat returning the same players healthy as in Game 5.

We like this team’s chances so long as they play together the right way, and predict a solid win at 112-101.

Most online sportsbooks concur, floating the Celtics a -3 spread for the game.

Marcus Smart Had Simple Message As He Walked Into Locker Room After Game 5 — NESN.com

Kevin Millar became famous for his renowned “don’t let us win tonight” comment before Game 4 of the 2004 American League Championship Series. Somehow, Marcus Smart found a message even shorter, and he shared it seconds after walking off the court in Florida late Friday night. The Boston Celtics, thanks to a stellar second half, […]

Marcus Smart Had Simple Message As He Walked Into Locker Room After Game 5 — NESN.com

Boston Celtics stave off elimination, beat Miami Heat in Game 5 of Eastern Conference Finals — Daily News

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — If Brad Stevens had his druthers, he’d never be recorded on mic during a playoff game. When a reporter asked the Boston coach about a third-quarter moment, when he grabbed a clipboard during the Celtics’ avalanche of 41 points in that period — “that’s what hard playing does right there!”…

Boston Celtics stave off elimination, beat Miami Heat in Game 5 of Eastern Conference Finals — Daily News

Tyler Herro Breaks Heat Rookie Playoff Scoring Record — LEAGUE ALERTS

In last night’s game 4 win over the Boston Celtics, rookie sensation Tyler Herro broke… The post Tyler Herro Breaks Heat Rookie Playoff Scoring Record appeared first on LEAGUE ALERTS.

Tyler Herro Breaks Heat Rookie Playoff Scoring Record — LEAGUE ALERTS

Bam Adebayo Injury: Here’s Latest Update On Heat Forward’s Wrist — NESN.com

The Miami Heat experienced an injury scare in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. But as it turns out, the severity of the situation appears to be very minor. Bam Adebayo appeared to hurt his wrist late in the fourth quarter of the Heat’s win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. After tangling up […]

Bam Adebayo Injury: Here’s Latest Update On Heat Forward’s Wrist — NESN.com

The Miami Heat experienced an injury scare in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

But as it turns out, the severity of the situation appears to be very minor.

Bam Adebayo appeared to hurt his wrist late in the fourth quarter of the Heat’s win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. After tangling up with Daniel Theis under the basket on a Jimmy Butler free-throw attempt, Adebayo began to favor his wrist and was noticeably letting his arm dangle throughout the remainder of the game. The first-year All-Star, however, stayed in and finished the contest.

After the game, Adebayo provided the backstory on the injury and confidently declared his status for Game 5.

Ok. The Bam story. He got dinged up in Game 3, got it aggravated tonight, he will get treatment, sources tell AP that he is fine and is playing Friday.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) September 24, 2020

That’s obviously great news for the Heat, who can finish off the Celtics and advance to the NBA Finals on Friday. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.

Celtics Notes: Boston Gives Honest Assessment Of Game 4 Loss Vs. Heat — NESN.com

Sign In Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro showcased a great individual effort to propel his team to a 112-109 Game 4 victory Wednesday night. But that wasn’t the sole reason the Celtics now face a 3-1 deficit in the Eastern Conference finals. That would be letting Boston off the hook far too easy. Boston didn’t…

Celtics Notes: Boston Gives Honest Assessment Of Game 4 Loss Vs. Heat — NESN.com

Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro showcased a great individual effort to propel his team to a 112-109 Game 4 victory Wednesday night.

But that wasn’t the sole reason the Celtics now face a 3-1 deficit in the Eastern Conference finals. That would be letting Boston off the hook far too easy.

Boston didn’t control what they could have. The team came out flat and was out-hustled for key rebounds late, which Miami almost always made them pay for. The arguably biggest factor was Boston’s own offensive miscues — committing seven fourth-quarter turnovers with 19 (!) in the game.

“There’s so many different aspects,” Kemba Walker said during his postgame press conference when asked the biggest factor behind the loss, as seen on NBC Sports Boston’s postgame coverage. “Definitely some turnovers, offensive rebounds. They definitely had a lot of opportunities to score the basketball. So yeah, a lot of different things.”

Head coach Brad Stevens had a similar reaction.

“They turned us over in the fourth quarter. Those were huge plays, against the zone,” Stevens said. “We got to do a better job with handling the ball. We got to do a better job with taking care of it. But I thought that and just the rebounding, those multiple possessions where they got multiple rebounds, and our first-half shooting, probably did us in tonight.”

“… Herro’s shot-making tonight was, in addition to the things we just talked about that were our own issues, was the difference in the game. Jimmy (Butler) was great late. (Bam) Adebayo was his typical self. (Goran) Dragic made some big plays, but Herro was ridiculously good tonight. The rim must’ve looked like the ocean to him.”

Jaylen Brown added: “(I) think (Miami) made some tough shots. Think they made a lot of tough shots, the rookie Tyler Herro made a lot of tough shots. I think that’s what stands out the most.”

Herro concluded with 37 points, 17 of which came in the fourth. Boston, however, took an 85-84 lead with just shy of nine minutes left in the fourth. It ultimately disappeared due to their turnovers and mistakes down the stretch.More NBA:Celtics Wrap: Tyler Herro Leads Heat To Game 4 Win, 3-1 Series Lead

Here are some other notes from Wednesday’s Celtics-Heat game:

— Boston shot 40% from the field in the first half as the Heat took a then eight-point lead before holding a 50-44 advantage at the break.

Celtics players were at a loss for what happened, and why after four days off, they came out looking the way they did.

“I can’t explain why,” Walker said. “I don’t know, to be honest… But at the end of the day, we just have to be better.”

Stevens even said Boston was fortunate to trail just six at half.

“I thought our first half, we looked, for whatever reason, we didn’t look crisp,” Stevens said. “And obviously that showed itself in our shooting numbers. I thought we were lucky to be 50-44 at halftime, to be candid. … For whatever reason our first half just wasn’t as good as it’s been.”

— Tatum fit that slow start, as well.

The NBA All-Star didn’t score during his first 22 minutes of game action, before a 3-pointer with seven minutes left in the third quarter.

“I wasn’t aggressive enough. I didn’t score in the first half, that’s unacceptable. So, I know I have to play better,” Tatum said. “It’s tough. Like I said, they played better than us in the first half. Second half we picked it up but they were already in a rhythm, and they felt good about themselves a lot of guys made a number of good plays, and it’s tough to come back from.”

— And just like that, Game 5 is just around the corner.

One message that was echoed throughout the team was the fact that the Celtics have to turn the page quickly as it’s now ‘Win Or Go Home’ time. And while their 3-1 deficit may be daunting, the Celtics are just looking at playing their best game yet on Friday, nothing more.

“I don’t know the historical odds are, or whatever that, and that doesn’t really matter. The situation we’re in we have to play well Friday. We don’t have to win three games on Friday, we have to win one. That’s going to be our focus, that’s going to be our attention,” Stevens said.

— Game 5 will be held Friday with tip off set for 8:30 p.m. ET.More NBA:Celtics Give Emotional Reactions To Decision In Breonna Taylor Case

The post Celtics Notes: Boston Gives Honest Assessment Of Game 4 Loss Vs. Heat appeared first on NESN.com.

Celtics fall in Game 4 to Miami, 112-109 — Boston Herald

Much has been made of the Celtics’ so-called core five this week. They’re the unit Brad Stevens goes with late in games, with Daniel Theis plugged in depending on the matchup, and Wednesday night the combination of Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker and Gordon Hayward simply didn’t have a timely answer. Especially…

Celtics fall in Game 4 to Miami, 112-109 — Boston Herald