Jaylen Brown is going to be a very important player for the Boston Celtics in the NBA playoffs, and he showed why Tuesday night against the Washington Wizards.
Brown dropped 21 points in the first quarter with most of his damage coming from the 3-point line, where he connected on five of seven attempts. He also shot 4-for-4 from the free throw line, while adding three steals and a rebound.
The Celtics, led by Brown, held a 30-22 lead over the Wizards at the end of the first quarter.
Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo is the favorite to win the league’s Most Improved Player Award, but you can be sure Brown will receive plenty of votes. He’s more than doubled his scoring average to 14.4, and he’s shooting 11 percent better from the field and five percent better on 3-pointers compared to his rookie season.
Brown, as well as Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier will shoulder most of the scoring burden for the Celtics in the playoffs with All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward sidelined until next season because of injury.
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