Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Jaylen Brown earns Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors

Jaylen Brown was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week by the NBA Monday afternoon.

The All-Star wing led the Celtics to a 3-0 week, including a 41-point, 13-rebound performance in the team's 137-93 blowout win over the San Antonio Spurs Sunday at TD Garden -- becoming the first since Larry Bird to make 18 field goals and grab 13 boards over 31 years ago (March 15, 1992) and the fifth overall to accomplish that feat in franchise history.

Brown, who averaged 31.7 points on 55.9% from the field and 8.3 rebounds during that stretch, is the third Celtic this season to win Player of the Week honors after Jayson Tatum (twice) and Derrick White (las month) also won the award. The last team to have three different players win POTW, were the the 2019-20 Toronto Raptors.

Following wins over the Sacramento Kings to wrap up a six-game road trip on a high note and the Indiana Pacers at home (the first at the Garden in over two weeks), the Celtics average margin of victory was over 23 points -- tying a franchise record for the most in three consecutive wins since 1963.

Brown's name has been in the headlines recently after interviews in two separate publications were released last week that had comments regarding his future in Boston. While he hasn't really clarified if his words were taken out of context or not, Brown spoke about having different roles throughout his career with the Celtics when addressing the media after the team's win over the Spurs.  
"I think that, you know, overall, throughout the years, my role is changed," Brown said in postgame presser Sunday night. "My responsibility has been different each and every year. And I've tried to be the best version of the role that I've been asked to. And then the amount of experience that you get, being in the role that I'm in now allows you to grow allows you to get better. But at the same time, I think my roles have been different, my responsibilities have been different. And now, you know, I'm getting experience and the opportunity that I'm grateful to have. I'm just showing, like, the opportunity to show my potential and what I can do, and what I'm capable of, you know, at the highest level, and those moments you can't take for granted."
With seven games left in the regular season, Brown and the Celtics have picked the right time to turn it up a notch before they face the Washington Wizards tonight and the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday, both on the road respectively.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of Getty Images

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