Will Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown take the Boston Celtics back to the NBA Finals?

Very much easier to talk about than to do, by all early accounts, this iteration of the Celtics is laser-focused on pulling it off.

It is very, very hard to make it to the NBA Finals in any given season. In fact, many of the greatest to play the game never made it that far as clear evidence of that fact. It is even harder still to make it back again, which is exactly what the Boston Celtics hope to do with their two young star wings, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

Very much easier to talk about than to do, by all early accounts, this iteration of the Celtics is laser-focused on pulling it off — and with reinforcements in tow at that.

After having added some big man depth to bolster the frontcourt during Robert Williams III’s absence, traded for point guard Malcolm Brogdon, and signed forward Blake Griffin, this team is poised to do some serious postseason damage.

And it isn’t out of the question that injured swingman Danilo Gallinari might return in the playoffs. But will it be enough?

“Hoops Tonight” host Jason Timpf gave his opinion on a recent episode of his show — take a look at the clip embedded above to hear it for yourself.

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Boston Celtics make solid showing in NBA’s annual GM survey

The results, written up by the NBA’s John Schuhmann, were created from a total of 50 questions sent to GMs around the league.

The league’s annual “NBA app” survey of all 30 ball clubs’ general managers has been published, and as you might expect for the Boston Celtics‘ current status as serious contenders for an NBA title, the favorite team of many of you reading this has a substantial presence among the included questions’ replies.

The results, written up by the NBA’s John Schuhmann, were created from a total of 50 questions sent to GMs around the league, with the caveat included that those general managers were not allowed to answer any questions about their own team or the players on their rosters.

Let’s dive into where the Celtics stand in the results.

How much did Jaylen Brown’s fit set him back?

What does it cost this Celtics star to have an eye for haute couture?

Star Boston Celtics shooting guard Jaylen Brown has made a name for himself as a man of many interests, and chief among them has been the Georgia native’s interest in fashion.

The Celtics star has taken interest in the industry, even venturing into it with his 7uice brand fashion imprint. Just because Brown is a star NBA player with an eye for haute couture does not mean he walks around slathered in clothing that could be sold for the cost of a used car.

In fact, when the former Cal-Berkeley standout was recently asked about how much his fit set him back in the wallet department, you would likely be surprised by the cost of what Brown wears out for a night on the town.

Give the clip embedded above a look and guess how much it cost before he tells you himself to see just how well you know Brown’s taste costs — at least on this night.

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Jaylen Brown Boston Celtics highlights vs. Charlotte Hornets (10/2): 24 points, 5 rebounds

The Georgia native was showing no mercy in his return to play, dropping a total of 24 points to lead all players in the exhibition tilt.

It might as well have been the NBA Finals as far as star Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown was concerned instead of a 134-93 drubbing of the Charlotte Hornets in the Celtics’ preseason debut at the TD Garden.

The Georgia native was showing no mercy in his return to play, dropping 24 points to lead all players in the exhibition. He added five rebounds, and an assist to counterbalance his four personal fouls and as many turnovers. Brown shot a sizzling 8-of-11 from the floor, an excellent 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and a solid 5-of-7 from the charity stripe on Sunday afternoon.

If you missed the game or just want to see the former Cal-Berkeley player go off again on your own time, check out the clip put together by fan videographer Tomasz Kordylewski embedded below, courtesy of his YouTube channel.

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Jaylen Brown on playing with Malcolm Brogdon: ‘Malcolm is really good at basketball’

Jaylen Brown had high praise for his new teammate Malcolm Brogdon following Boston’s preseason victory Sunday afternoon.

Jaylen Brown played a key role in the Boston Celtics’ first victory of the 2022-23 preseason, an exhibition shellacking of the Charlotte Hornets at home. Brown contributed 24 points in 24 minutes as the Celtics cruised.

Following the lopsided victory, Brown was asked about playing alongside newcomer Malcolm Brogdon. Brogdon is a veteran scorer and leader in the NBA who was traded to the Celtics this offseason. Brown summed up his respect and admiration of his new teammate succinctly.

“Malcolm is really good at basketball.” said the Georgia native a bit wryly after the game.

Brogdon himself was quick to praise his new club. He seemed ready and willing to help the team win. Jaylen Brown made note of this in his own post-game comments.

“He makes the right plays,” Jaylen said of Brogdon. “He’s a threat out there at all times. It’s definitely going to make us better. Overall, he’s more than capable of being a go-to player in this league.”

“For him being able to come in and run things and also get himself going as you’ve seen tonight, he has a well-balanced game.”

Brogdon finished the game with 11 points, five rebounds and nine assists. He led all players in assists and chipped in two 3s to boot.

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Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown replies to fan comments on the internet

The Georgia native sat down and made a point of personally answering fans making comments to or about him on social media.

It is a common (and sometimes erroneous) assumption that NBA players have burner accounts they use to interact with fans on social media without them (or the media) knowing about it.

But it is far less common for NBA stars such as Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown to use their personal accounts to respond directly to a comment or question on the internet for all sorts of good reasons. But in a new video for GQ Sports, the Georgia native sat down and made a point of personally responding to fans commenting to or about him on social media.

Watch the clip embedded below to see what Brown has to say to unsuspecting fans on Twitter, Instagram, and beyond on the latest in their series of video shorts called “Actually Me”.

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Per Celtics’ Jaylen Brown, Malcolm Brogdon is ‘for sure going to make us better’

“I think we’ll be able to put him in positions where he can be successful,” shared the Georgia native of his new teammate.

Hints of tension can arise when an established player is traded to an equally established and competitive NBA roster, but you will not find any in recent comments from star Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown about new teammate Malcolm Brogdon.

“Malcolm’s good, man,” said the Georgia native in a recent interview with The Athletic’s Jared Weiss.

“Smart basketball player, hard to guard, he’s got … a sneaky game and he’s slept on a little bit for a while now. I think we’ll be able to put him in positions where he can be successful and he’s for sure going to make us better.”

It’s not just Brogdon’s proven abilities as a floor general and defender that has Brown excited, either.

The former Indiana Pacers point guard has made a name for himself as a leader on and off the court, and in the leadership vacuum created by the suspension of coach Ime Udoka, that will be especially important.

“The more responsibility grows, the more leadership comes with it,” suggested Brown. “There are steps that we’re all taking individually and as a group, so I think that will be good for us.”

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What do Boston Celtics stars Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum need to do to succeed this season in the absence of Ime Udoka?

With so much talent on the roster, are things really so bleak?

What do Boston Celtics star wings Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum need to do to succeed this season in the absence of head coach Ime Udoka?

After a scandal rocking the organization seemed to come out of nowhere on the heels of bad injury news about veteran swingman Danilo Gallinari and starting center Robert Williams III, the situation looked a little bleak in Boston.

But with seven players ranked in the league’s top 100 players on the roster and six who should be healthy on opening night, it is not out of the question that the team can succeed if the principles instilled by Udoka stick without him being present.

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NBC Sports Boston’s Amina Smith and Chris Forsberg linked up with the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn to talk over what the Jays need to succeed this season with Udoka on the bench.

Take a look at the clip embedded above to see what they had to say about Boston’s situation moving forward.

Listen to the “Celtics Lab” podcast on:

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Celtics are still NBA title favorites after Ime Udoka’s suspension, but should they be?

Getting to the Finals is hard enough under normal circumstances.

Somehow, the Boston Celtics remain the betting favorites to win the 2023 NBA title. Even after news that head coach Ime Udoka is being suspended for the entire season, Boston’s odds saw minimal movement at several sportsbooks.

The Celtics are still the +500 favorites at BetMGM, and Tipico Sportsbook only dropped them from +500 to +600 — tied for the top spot with the Golden State Warriors.

No doubt, Boston’s roster remains as talented as it was before Udoka’s suspension, and even more so than it was during the team’s run to the 2022 Finals. But if Udoka was credited for implementing the defensive mindset that allowed Boston to get over the hump last season, wouldn’t his absence have the reverse impact?

It’s easy to say they know what it takes now, but do they? The Celtics didn’t actually finish the job. And now, they’ll be attempting to do it without the person who was supposed to hold everyone accountable.

2022-23 NBA Title Odds (BetMGM)

Reaching the Finals in consecutive seasons is hard to do as it is. Add in the cloud of Udoka’s alleged actions hanging over the team, the mystery of it all and the potential for more distractions down the line, and I’d recommend steering clear of Boston’s odds.

The NBA is too talented to assume a rookie coach can just step in and push the right buttons to get a first-time finalist back to the top (even if Udoka got them there his rookie season as a coach). Even if Joe Mazzulla — now the league’s youngest head coach at 34 — can pull it off, the team Boston faces in the Finals will be a monster. The Western Conference has no fewer than four legitimate title contenders. The East won’t be a cakewalk either with teams like the Milwaukee Bucks (+650), Brooklyn Nets (+700) and Philadelphia 76ers (+1400) still boasting major star power.

Robert Williams’ health is also a concern. He’s out at least eight to 12 weeks after undergoing surgery on his left knee for the second time this year.

None of this is to suggest Boston won’t be in the mix too. As long as Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Al Horford are all healthy, the Celtics will be formidable. And the addition of Malcolm Brogdon in the offseason adds more ball-handling and shooting. But I wouldn’t be so quick to think of Udoka’s suspension as a non-factor when it comes to winning a title.

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Boston Celtics release FULL 2022-23 preseason roster

These are all 20 players who will be on the Celtics’ roster heading into preseason.

The Boston Celtics have officially released their full training camp roster for the 2022-23 NBA season, with the team currently at a total of 20 players on it — the maximum allowed in an offseason per league rules.

The league has Celtics preseason exhibition games scheduled against the Charlotte Hornets (Sunday, Oct. 12 at 1 pm ET and Friday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 pm ET) and the Toronto Raptors (Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 pm ET and Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 pm ET), with the last of the four friendlies scheduled to take place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as part of the NBA Canada series making a return.

Let’s take a look at all of the players who will be on Boston’s roster at the start of preseason play to kick off the month of October and a return to NBA basketball.