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Now that LeBron James is no longer in the Eastern Conference, many consider the Boston Celtics the best team in the East and a lock to get to the NBA Finals.
Celtics small forward Jaylen Brown agrees.
“We’re getting to the Finals,” Brown said on the Pull Up Podcast with Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum and Yahoo Sports insider Jordan Schultz. “No question about it.”
With both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward expected to be healthy, the Celtics are primed to contend for a championship. Without Irving and Hayward during the 2018 postseason, Boston took James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals, so one would surmise the Celtics will be even more lethal with their two stars back.
“I know LeBron did have a stronghold on the East, but he barely got up out of there this year,” Brown said. “Our mindset was he’s not beating us again.”
In his second season in the NBA, Brown averaged 14.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 70 games during the regular season, shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from three.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens recently said rehabs for Irving and Hayward are on schedule.
“They say (Hayward is) looking great, progressing well and should be good to go,” Stevens said. “I think he and Kyrie will be fully cleared by the time training camp starts and probably well before.”
Irving underwent season-ending knee surgery in April, while Hayward had surgery on his fractured left ankle.