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Sunday, 12 February 2017 04:44

Jaylen Brown progressing in starting role

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Justin Poulin and Jon Duke returned to talk Jaylen Brown, Paul Pierce and the King of the fourth on the latest edition of Celtics Stuff Live.

Justin is impressed Jaylen Brown has already come into his own before the All Star break, noting his improvement at the free throw line.

The rookie appears to be learning how to draw contact and complete the 3 point play rather than get knocked off and be forced to settle for two free throws. “he is going to the free throw line almost as much as Isaiah Thomas and they need somebody else who can produce points in that fashion”. 

Justin believes Jaylen’s size, length and athleticism while starting at shooting guard helps mask some of Isaiah’s defensive liabilities more so than Smart or Bradley are capable of.

Both Justin and Jon conclude that Bradley is the redundant piece most likely to move in a trade. His small size is an issue given Isaiah’s stature as his backcourt mate. His recent injuries however could keep him out of a trade or lower his value.

Nerlens Noel is talked about as a player that would be great in return to offer more length and defensive help, but are concerned about his offensive struggles.

Justin goes on to note that the recent defensive turnaround has come with Jaylen on the floor replacing Bradley. “If Avery Bradley can put Ray Allen on the bench, then Jaylen Brown can put Avery Bradley on the bench”

Jon feels that Jaylen’s ability to get to the bucket now bodes well for where he can get to by the time the post season arrive. “He is someone who could make some noise in the playoffs.”

Paul Pierce’s last game in Boston was discussed. Justin was disappointed in ABC’s coverage of the game, feeling they underestimated the importance of the event. He goes on to explain why Pierce resonated so strongly with the fan base and left a legacy both on and off the court.

Finally, Justin and Jon discussed Isaiah’s defense. Jon believes that Marcus Smart’s ball handling ability allows Isaiah to save some energy on offense and allows him to focus more on the other side of the ball. Justin makes parallels between Isaiah and Pierce in their ability to handle the media.

This is a good one. Please tune in below!

Samuel Lias

Samuel Lias is a contributor to Boston Celtics coverage on CLNS Radio