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Celtics' Jaylen Brown: 'We're getting to the Finals. No question'

Post by bobheckler on Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:12 am

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Celtics' Jaylen Brown: 'We're getting to the Finals. No question'




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Jaylen Brown believes the Boston Celtics will represent the Eastern Conference in the 2019 NBA Finals.

During an appearance on CJ McCollum's "Pull Up" podcast released Wednesday, Brown expressed confidence when asked by the Portland Trail Blazers guard whether he believes Boston will get to the Finals after LeBron James' departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"Oh, we're getting to the Finals. No question about it," Brown said.


Jaylen Brown believes the Celtics will make the 2019 NBA Finals -- and not just because LeBron James has left the Eastern Conference. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images


But Brown did take umbrage with the suggestion that Boston is set to ascend only because of James' departure.

"I hate how everybody is like, 'Oh, LeBron's gone in the East,'" Brown said. "I know he did have a strong hold on the East for the last seven years, but he barely got us out of there this year. And our mindset was like, 'Man, he's not beating us again.'"

James and his former Cavs squad rallied from a 3-2 deficit to defeat Boston in seven games in the East finals this past season. It was James' eighth straight year taking an Eastern team to the Finals. James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer.

Brown admitted that, regardless of heightened expectations, the Celtics need to prove themselves again this season. Getting back a healthy Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving should help that cause. Brown is bullish on Boston's chances to claim the conference crown with the right approach.

"It's important for us to stay grounded and just continue to play ball. Continue to play the way we played this past season," Brown said.

Later he added: "We got like a lot of -- we got a lot, a lot of talent on this team. And we've got some real good mindsets, and it's a pleasure playing with them all. But we have to be on one page if we want to be successful."

Brown averaged 18 points per game during Boston's playoff run. Despite being decimated by injuries, the Celtics surged to the cusp of the Finals thanks in large part to the contributions of 21-year-old Brown and 20-year-old rookie Jayson Tatum.

Boston re-signed both Aron Baynes and Marcus Smart this summer, essentially bringing back the same core from last season (first-round pick Robert Williams and European import Brad Wanamaker replace Greg Monroe and Shane Larkin at the end of Boston's bench).

Brown isn't the only Celtics player with hopes for another deep playoff run. Second-year big man Daniel Theis, who missed the playoffs after knee surgery, hinted at a Finals appearance as well on Wednesday.

"I hope we play in June with this team," Theis said at a Celtics community event at their new training facility. "I think it's possible, but it's a long season. I think we're all excited for training camp and then for the first game on [Oct.] 16. ... It's going to be fun."



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Re: Celtics' Jaylen Brown: 'We're getting to the Finals. No question'

Post by wideclyde on Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:35 pm

I certainly have no problem with Jaylen Brown's promise of the Cs getting to the NBA finals. What is he supposed to say? "We'll be lucky to finish 6th".

Of course, he is very confident and why shouldn't he (and the rest of the team, too) be confident. The Cs came within one game of winning the east last spring without Larkin, Theis, Irving and Hayward. With even any one of these four guys (yes, even Larkin) in that last game and I very much liked the Cs to win it.

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Post by cowens/oldschool on Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:25 pm

wideclyde wrote:I certainly have no problem with Jaylen Brown's promise of the Cs getting to the NBA finals.  What is he supposed to say?  "We'll be lucky to finish 6th".

Of course, he is very confident and why shouldn't he (and the rest of the team, too) be confident.  The Cs came within one game of winning the east last spring without Larkin, Theis, Irving and Hayward.  With even any one of these four guys (yes, even Larkin) in that last game and I very much liked the Cs to win it.

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Larkin was a huge loss during playoff run
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Re: Celtics' Jaylen Brown: 'We're getting to the Finals. No question'

Post by Ktronic1 on Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:25 pm

Confidence is cool but keeping your grill shut until at least the first game of the season would be even cooler.
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Re: Celtics' Jaylen Brown: 'We're getting to the Finals. No question'

Post by beat on Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:47 pm

Ktronic1 wrote:Confidence is cool but keeping your grill shut until at least the first game of the season would be even cooler.

I have no issue with anything he said.

Heck he was asked a question and what was his answer supposed to be ... no?

I hope there are 14 other players that would say the same thing.


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Post by cowens/oldschool on Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:12 am

Jaylen should feel confident, in a league full of players that all jump and run, his athleticism stands out and he doesn’t just play both ends, he wants to lead....gotta love that in such a young player.
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Re: Celtics' Jaylen Brown: 'We're getting to the Finals. No question'

Post by Ktronic1 on Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:11 pm

beat wrote:
Ktronic1 wrote:Confidence is cool but keeping your grill shut until at least the first game of the season would be even cooler.

I have no issue with anything he said.

Heck he was asked a question and what was his answer supposed to be ... no?

I hope there are 14 other players that would say the same thing.


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No doubt. It’ll be great if all 15 players think it, feel it, and go out there and do it.  If asked, how about, “I know we’re good enough to get to the finals and maybe even win it” but so aren’t several other teams.” I think that would’ve been the smarter thing to say instead of dishing out bulletin board material to every other team prior to the season even starting.
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Re: Celtics' Jaylen Brown: 'We're getting to the Finals. No question'

Post by beat on Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:04 pm

Ktronic1 wrote:
beat wrote:
Ktronic1 wrote:Confidence is cool but keeping your grill shut until at least the first game of the season would be even cooler.

I have no issue with anything he said.

Heck he was asked a question and what was his answer supposed to be ... no?

I hope there are 14 other players that would say the same thing.


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No doubt. It’ll be great if all 15 players think it, feel it, and go out there and do it.  If asked, how about, “I know we’re good enough to get to the finals and maybe even win it” but so aren’t several other teams.” I think that would’ve been the smarter thing to say instead of dishing out bulletin board material to every other team prior to the season even starting.

He wasn’t asked about other teams nor did he trash any of them, or any individual.

If this is needed on some teams bulletin board to motivate them then that team has a bunch of issues to begin with.

Making much ado about nothing really.

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Re: Celtics' Jaylen Brown: 'We're getting to the Finals. No question'

Post by Ktronic1 on Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:31 pm

beat wrote:
Ktronic1 wrote:
beat wrote:
Ktronic1 wrote:Confidence is cool but keeping your grill shut until at least the first game of the season would be even cooler.

I have no issue with anything he said.

Heck he was asked a question and what was his answer supposed to be ... no?

I hope there are 14 other players that would say the same thing.


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No doubt. It’ll be great if all 15 players think it, feel it, and go out there and do it.  If asked, how about, “I know we’re good enough to get to the finals and maybe even win it” but so aren’t several other teams.” I think that would’ve been the smarter thing to say instead of dishing out bulletin board material to every other team prior to the season even starting.

He wasn’t asked about other teams nor did he trash any of them, or any individual.

If this is needed on some teams bulletin board to motivate them  then that team has a bunch of issues to begin with.

Making much ado about nothing really.

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Re: Celtics' Jaylen Brown: 'We're getting to the Finals. No question'

Post by bobheckler on Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:12 am

Colin Cowherd, for what it's worth, not only picks the Celtics ro win rhe East, he also picks us to beat GSW for #18.

Our first media believer.





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Re: Celtics' Jaylen Brown: 'We're getting to the Finals. No question'

Post by beat on Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:03 am

bobheckler wrote:Colin Cowherd, for what it's worth, not only picks the Celtics ro win rhe East, he also picks us to beat GSW for #18.

Our first media believer.





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Well I’m not betting the farm because he says so.

Just a little step above Stephen A in the evolution of toasters.


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