Boston Celtics Jaylen Brown’s versatility were on display in Team USA’s 89-73 win over Brazil. He played point guard, wing and center.
Boston Celtics wing, Jaylen Brown, isn’t known for his passing skills, nor is he known as an able substitute at the center spot. But he played all three positions in Team USA’s 89-73 victory over Brazil.
Jaylen Brown the playmaker in transition pic.twitter.com/AgFi2E7Ovi
— Tomek Kordylewski (@Timi_093) September 9, 2019
In the first four contests in World Cup competition, all wins for Team USA, Jaylen totaled three assists. In the win over Brazil, he bettered that total in a single game with four assists. So what’s the deal with Gregg Popovich using Brown at center in the fourth quarter? Here’s MassLive’s Tom Westerholm on that:
On Monday, for an important stretch in the fourth quarter, Team USA went to Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown at the five — a hyper small-ball unit, but an intriguing idea.
The risk paid off handsomely. While former NBA center Anderson Varejao was able to take advantage of his height in the post against Brown on a pair of possessions, Brazil struggled with Team USA’s speed and versatility. The Americans got into transition and outran Brazil in the second half — splitting open a close halftime score and claiming an 89-73 victory.
The 11 points, four boards and four assists weren’t all Jaylen accomplished this morning. His defense was outstanding, and he had two steals in the game. His quickness and athleticism are simply too tough for his World Cup opponents to handle.
Defense by Jaylen Brown helps spark Team USA spurt that has them ahead 59-48 with 3:44 to play in the third quarter. pic.twitter.com/BIu2qFQtmV
— A. Sherrod Blakely (@ASherrodblakely) September 9, 2019
Jaylen Brown was terrific in Team USA’s blowout of Japan in a previous contest, and it seems that he has become much more comfortable with his role in international competition. He could be in for a breakout season with the Boston Celtics.
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