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Celtics Star Jaylen Brown’s Immediate Message to Luka Doncic After NBA Finals Victory

Celtics Star Jaylen Brown’s Immediate Message to Luka Doncic After NBA Finals Victory

On Monday, Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics broke through and won the franchise its first championship since the Bush administration with a demolition of Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the 2024 NBA Finals from Boston. Brown didn’t have his most statistically stunning game in this one, but his performance for the entire series still earned him the coveted Finals MVP trophy and helped the Celtics to close out what was one of the most dominant seasons in the NBA. history.

One of the most impressive aspects of Brown’s performance throughout these Finals was the fact that not only was he producing at an efficient rate on the offensive end of the court, but he was also tasked with guarding Doncic, arguably the toughest assignment of the game, on the other end of the court, and did a solid job of making the Mavericks star work for all he had and limiting his effectiveness for the series.

After the game as the Celtics celebrated, Brown and Doncic shared a moment, both congratulating each other on a hard-fought series.

“Luka, you are a killer, you got the best out of me. I love you bro,” Brown told Doncic, via Tomek Kordylewski on X, the social media platform formerly called Twitter (according to the NBA).

“I love you too, bro,” Doncic responded.

It was a display of great sportsmanship between two players who played a vital role in their respective teams’ rise to the game’s biggest stage and performed well when they got there.

An impressive performance

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) dribbles the ball against Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of the 2024 NBA Finals at TD Garden.
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Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla implemented a unique defensive strategy against Doncic and the Mavericks in this Finals series. While most teams are inclined to consistently send double teams to both Doncic and Mavericks teammate Kyrie Irving, Mazzulla decided to keep Doncic primarily in single coverage in an effort to prevent his Mavericks teammates from starting .

This of course meant that Brown would be tasked with staying in front of Doncic, who is not the fastest or most athletic player, but is a master of timing and deceleration and is also a physically strong human being with arguably the the most unique skills in the world. NBA. Overall, Brown did an admirable job of accomplishing this task, blocking Doncic’s attempts to penetrate the paint and forcing him into difficult, contested jump shots, the majority of which fell short for the sensation Slovenian.

Brown also did a solid job of avoiding foul trouble, which is always a concern when guarding a player as crafty as Doncic, especially considering how much the Celtics rely on Brown’s production at the other end of the field.

Speaking of the other end of the court, Brown delivered several big moments for the Celtics in those Finals, including a clutch jumper in Game 3 with less than a minute remaining to essentially ice the game (and the series) for Boston.

Either way, the Celtics will now be the clear favorites to do it again next year.