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Jaylen Brown wins ECF Most Valuable Player Award

Jaylen Brown has taken a number of hits from some Celtics fans over the years, but he didn't falter . He kept on plugging - learning - fitting in - and getting better and better . Now, after winning the series against the Indiana Pacers, his work and progression have been recognized.   Jaylen Brown wins the Larry Bird Trophy for 2024 Eastern Conference Finals MVP 🏆 pic.twitter.com/rGa4U97cUW — NBA TV (@NBATV) May 28, 2024 We sometimes forget that Jaylen is the "senior" member of the Jay Team, but still has to play "second fiddle" to Jayson Tatum . That has to be difficult. But holding the Larry Bird Trophy in the hands that have been so productive getting his team back to the NBA Finals most-likely erases the verbal attacks by naysayers. Jaylen has been indispensable to his team, and the Larry Brown Trophy is in sight.  
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ECF Game 4

Tonight can be the night the C's punch their ticket back to the NBA Finals. Close out games are usually the hardest, but these C's can pull it off! After what we all witnessed on Saturday night, this team can do it all. Go out tonight and seize the day! Before the game starts, Rest In Peace to Bill Walton. An incredible player, great announcer and huge part to the 1986 team. Memory Eternal Bill... 1Q ☘️  JTs first three is nothing but net! JB drives through Nesmith for his first bucket! The studs will have to lead them in finishing off this series. I need to see the C's commit on D all game. What a sweet three by Jrue from the top of the key. DWhites first shot is a pure three point shot over Siakim. Keep making the Pacers work on D. Jrue gets another one! DWhite with yet another block! Sends the rookies shot back at em! So far the C's start has been very good. As was their start last game in the first. My hope if they build and keep the lead tonight at the end of the f

ECF Game 3

  So here we are game 3 of the ECF. C's will face a short handed Pacers team and I hope they don't have a let down. I see Rick has laid the foundation about the discrepancy in calls... Let's see if the NBA gives the game to the Pacers. The C's will be missing Luke Kornet tonight.  1st Q C's are in their traditional green uniforms and I love it! JB opens up the scoring with a lefty layup! I expect him to be very aggressive tonight. Good first defensive stand by the C's. Al opens up his night with a beautiful three. JT scores on his first attack of the rim, plus the And One! JT for three, good to see him coming out hot. JT with a sweet jumper over the rook. DWhite for three! Let's Go! DWhite BLOCKs Turner! That's the way you play D! The Pacers are hand checking and pushing off on the offensive end. C's must continue to treat this game as if they were down 0-2. Attack the rim and work hard on D. I need to see the C's locke em down to finish off this

ECF Game 2

  C's start slow but pick things up in the first. C's have made the lead grow here in the second. C's are losing pieces of their lead. JB is looking amazing so far tonight! Going to need a full team effort come the second half. Jrue and Jaylen played superb and I expect them to continue at this level.  3rd Quarter  JB opens us up for the deuce! JB gets to same spot and scores again! Play some freaking D! DWhite for three, the ball movement is looking solid. I need to see JT attack the rim going forward, his shot is off. I love seeing JB attack Siakims, he can't keep up on D. C's get called for an absolute garbage travel call. DWhite gets inside so smoothly and scores. DWhite jams it home and should have gotten a call. Another bogus call with Nesmith jumping over Tatums back. This needs to be overturned, or I might lose it. Al needs to dig deep on Siakim for the rest of this game. C's win the challenge good job Joe! jT with the JAM! DWhite for another three great

At age 32, Kyrie Irving has finally matured into leadership

  "Leadership"? "Kyrie Irving"? In the same sentence? Yup, I said it. Former-Celtic, Kyrie Irving, has found a secure home with the Dallas Mavericks and basketball fans have never seen the level of maturity the "Master-of-handles" has displayed in the "Big D". So, no longer will my readers see headlines such as what I wrote a year ago: "Kyrie me no Irvings" -- Tom Lane It starts with his stats, but that is only part of the story. In last night's win over the Timberwolves in Game-1 of the West Finals, Irving came away with 30 points, five rebounds and four assists. He continually wormed his way through the Minnesota defense, hitting on 12-of-23 from the field. His scoring and efficiency were critical in the Dallas victory. "We had a lot of long meetings with J-Kidd… Once I saw we had a chance, I was like well I’m not going to take this for granted, so every single day I remind those guys what it’s like to fail, what it’s like

Jay Team dimes and the board game are key

 We are talking assists by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown - and winning the rebounding battle, particularly off the offensive glass . I have broached this previously. If The Jay Team gets the ball to their teammates in sufficient numbers - and the whole team hits the offensive glass - good things happen. In Boston's close win over Indiana in Game-1, Jaylen and Jayson combined for nine assists, five for Tatum and four for Brown. And the team came away with 13 offensive boards . Jrue Holiday alone had five of those. Jayson and Jaylen have both matured - now realizing that they have some real sharpshooters in their present starting-5. At least one-of-Horford, Holiday and White can have a 20-plus game , and last night it was Jrue with 28 points on 62%/50%/100%, from the field - deep - and free throw line, respectively. In the end, offensive boards are pure hustle , and assists by the team leaders display team play . Both can be critical against an Indiana team that doesn't appea

The importance of Jrue Holiday - the "ASSASSIN"

  It certainly showed last night in Boston's close win over the fast-and-furious Pacers. Jrue Holiday was once again in his playoff mode. His stats for the game were: 28 points - 7 rebound (5 offensive) - 8 assists - 3 steals - 10-of-16 FG - 4-0f-8 3s He logged a team-high 48:19 minutes , a clear indicator of his importance to the Celtics cause. Jrue's always-intense defense was also on display, helping Indiana lose control of the ball for a total of 21 turnovers. Jaylen Brown called his teammate, Jrue Holiday, an "assassin". He is just that, but a quiet one - the most-dangerous kind for an opponent. What a great pickup by Brad Stevens.