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Brown Back In Action For NBA Restart

Jul 31, 2020

ORLANDO, Fla. -- California men's basketball standout Jaylen Brown (2016) is back in action as his Boston Celtics squad restarts their NBA season from the bubble at Walt Disney World today.

Brown, who was averaging 34 minutes per game to start the 2019-20 season, and his Celtics squad tip off at 3:30 p.m. PT Friday, July 31 against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Celtics' schedule features eight total regular-season games through Aug. 13. The eight regular-season games will help determine seeding for the NBA playoffs, which are set to begin Aug. 17. The Celtics currently trail the Toronto Raptors by three games for the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed.

The Celtics have positioned Brown as a candidate for the league's Most Improved Player after he upped his scoring average from 13.0 points per game last year to 20.4 ppg before the NBA shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Brown was also shooting a career-best 49.0 percent from the field and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. At the suspension of the season in March, his 6.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game mark were all career-high averages.

Brown isn't the only Bear in the NBA bubble, as Jason Kidd's Los Angeles Lakers squad is also one of the 22 teams playing in Orlando.