On Tuesday, Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown made headlines when he tweeted out three “thinking face” emojis after Andre Drummond was selected to replace John Wall in the All-Star Game.
Averaging 14.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 31.5 minutes per game for the top seed in the Eastern Conference, the 21-year-old is already regarded as one of the best on-ball defenders in the league, but his offensive numbers pale in comparison to every other current All-Star.
Drummond immediately reacted, posting an Instagram comment that claimed he wasn’t sure “why Jaylen brown is confused. He’s not even the top 3 option on his team.”
Brown didn’t engage in a feud with Drummond. Instead, he altered his focus to the New York Knicks, who Boston squared off against on Wednesday night. Since teammate Kyrie Irving was ruled out with a quad injury, Brown received an opportunity to take on more usage on the offensive end.
He would have played additional minutes if it wasn’t a blowout victory for the C's, but he finished with 14 points, four rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes.
However, two of those points came in ridiculously-impressive fashion.
Gliding up the right side of the court midway through the second quarter, Brown caught an outlet pass, drove to the rim, rose up and slammed the ball right over 7’3” Kristaps Porzingis. Check out the wild play below:
Here’s another angle to further appreciate the dunk:
That was just a small taste of Brown’s elite athleticism. With Irving out, he was able to hoist up 14 field goal attempts, something that he did only three other times in the month of January. When he turns on the jets and is aggressive at driving towards the hoop, very few players in the league have the lateral quickness to shift their feet to cut off his angle.
The best part of the entire play might have been the fact that coach Brad Stevens got upset at him.
Hilariously, Brown gave his dunk a five out of 10 when asked about it after the game, but awarded his coach with a 12 out of 10 for his reaction to it.
Brown also proved exactly why the Celtics are so excited about his future with his other post-game comments. When asked why the team has been so successful this year, he pointed to two people in particular, per Jay King of MassLive.com. "Al Horford, Kyrie Irving are probably as humble as they get. Just following their lead, man, I think that’s the reason why we’re the No. 1 team. Because we have two tremendous guys who are All-Stars and leaders. And we just follow them,” he said.
Although he won’t be an All-Star this year, the future is very bright for Brown. He is slated to take part in the Rising Stars Challenge on All-Star weekend, where he will most likely throw down a few impressive dunks in the defensively-lax exhibition.News Now - Sport News