As winners of eight straight, the Boston Celtics are getting hot at a beneficial time. And Jaylen Brown’s recent run of unselfish basketball has been a promising trend.
In addition to scoring 22 points, Brown also dished out nine assists in the Celtics’ 126-91 win over the Nets last Tuesday. This total was good for his best since exactly a month earlier, when he exploded for 11 assists against the Knicks on Jan. 8.
This evolution of Brown’s recent play can be traced back to a Dec. 29 matchup with the Clippers. Brown took a season-high 36 shots without a single assist. That was the start of a five-game stretch where Brown averaged 1.8 assists per game. Since then, he’s averaging 4.1 assists over his last 19.
Brown’s production as a distributor is still on the rise in February, with 4.5 assists across the first six games. That’s up from January, when he averaged 3.2.
Along with Jayson Tatum, Brown continues to be a high-end scoring threat with the ball in his hands. But his continued willingness to draw attention in order to open up passing lanes will be crucial.
Following the win in Brooklyn, Brown spoke to Boston’s improvement in spreading the floor to create opportunities for each other.
“I think our spacing has improved tremendously,” said Brown. “We respect each other’s spacing. That allows us to make plays and see the floor better.”
Brown’s leadership and offensive versatility will continue to be a necessary spark for the Celtics down the stretch.
Boston looks to capture its ninth straight win at home on Tuesday night against Philadelphia.
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