For the first time since 2017 (Isaiah Thomas), the Boston Celtics have fielded an Eastern Conference Player of the Week award winner – Jaylen Brown.
Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) December 30, 2019
Brown’s impressive week started with his unreal showing on Christmas Day in which the Celtics beat out the Toronto Raptors 118-102. Brown put up an unbelievable 30 points on 10/13 shooting from the field. He became the youngest Celtic in history to put up 30 points in a Christmas Day matchup, and he followed up his point total with a well-rounded game that included 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
It only went up from there last Friday in Boston’s 129-117 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers in which Brown posted a career-high 34 points to go with 9 rebounds and 2 assists, shooting 13/20 from the field and 5/10 from behind the 3-point line. Brown essentially toyed with the Cavs defense, creating space with the raise of an eyebrow.
Although the Celtics lost their Saturday-night rematch against the Raptors, Brown still chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. It was surely an eventful week that came at the perfect time – All-Star voting has just begun. This most certainly will help with Brown’s case to make it as an Eastern Conference reserve.
Over the course of the week, Brown averaged 27 points on 62% shooting, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
Brown and the Celtics will take on the Charlotte Hornets tomorrow in a matinee showing that will tip off at 3:00 PM EST.