After the All-Star, the performance of the Celtics showed obvious ups and downs, especially Tatum's performance affected the team's record, Tatum personally cooled down from one of the biggest favorites for MVP, and the Celtics' record also fell from first in the league to third in the East, and many people chanted that the Celtics should help Brown and let Brown be the big boss, instead of continuing to trust Tatum.
Today against the Kings, who have been doing well this season, Tatum proved himself, and Brown continued his good play. As soon as the game came up, the two sides began to fight, the King's side is still Fox and Sabonis Jr. inside and outside, the Celtics' double scouting feel is good, and the Kings led by 2 points in the first quarter. At one point in the second quarter, the Celtics pushed the score back with a precise three-pointer, but the King's side was David. Mitchell burst into the outside to help the Kings build their advantage again, and Tatum exploded late in the quarter to lead the Green Army to a 13-2 offensive wave that helped the Celtics enter the second half with a six-point advantage.
After switching venues, the Celtics hit a three-point row and the Kings' offense was resisted, and the Celtics took the opportunity to widen the gap to double digits. The King, who was not good at defending in the final quarter, faced the multi-blooming Celtics and never found a way to limit the opponent, and the point difference was widened, and finally the Celtics defeated the King 132-109, overtaking the 76ers to the second position in the East.
Tatum played well in this game, especially at the end of the crucial second quarter, and it was the small climax he led that directly helped the Celtics turn the tide on the court, and Tatum shot 14 of 25 for 36 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Despite Tatum's recent ups and downs, he remains the No. 1 option on the Celtics' offensive end.
Brown continued to make steady moves today, shooting 10-of-16 from the field and 4-of-7 from three-point range, with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Brown has played the role of deputy to Tatum in recent years, and that doesn't look to have changed this season, but after Tatum's recent ups and downs, Brown has become increasingly vocal about becoming the core of the team.
As one of the two scouts of the same name as Tatum, Brown entered the league a year earlier than Tatum, but in the face of Tatum, Brown did not consider himself a big brother, but after the Celtics launched Tatum, he willingly served as the team's second boss and stepped up when the team needed it.
Tatum has become the MVP favorite this season, averaging 30.0 points, 9 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game, but Tatum has been in the doldrums in recent times and the Celtics' record has fluctuated, and in this critical period, Brown can step up and lead the team forward in Tatum's slump.
At the moment, Brown's ability is definitely qualified to be a big boss on a team, but Brown's current positioning is more awkward, especially with the Celtics, because of Tatum's presence, he will certainly not be able to be the team's first choice, although his big heart and his consistency in key moments have been proven.
In addition, Brown's absolute strength is actually slightly flawed, he averaged 26.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game this season, he is a good attacker, but the ability to dominate the ball and control the movement is not the top, so he can be said to be a top two-in-command, but whether he can become the absolute core of a championship-level team remains to be considered.
Brown is currently executing a four-year, $106 million contract that expires at the end of the 23-24 season, and he has the opportunity to renew his contract with the Celtics early this offseason and have the opportunity to sign a five-year, $283 million super top salary with the Celtics, but to qualify for such a contract, Brown needs to be named to the All-NBA First Team this season or next.
The Celtics' attitude towards Brown seems to be more subtle, they definitely want Brown to stay on the team, but the offer is very general, this season the Celtics have offered Brown 3 years 119 million and 4 years 182 million early contract extensions, but compared to the 5 years and more than 200 million large contracts that Brown wants, there is a certain gap in terms of terms of years and annual salary.
The current negotiations between the two sides can be said to have reached a small impasse, and Brown recently talked about some sensitive topics in an exclusive interview with reporter Logan Murdock, including a more subtle answer when it came to the issue of contract renewal.
"I don't know if I'll renew my contract early, I need to feel the attitude of the team towards me, I'll stay in a place that needs me, can treat me right, I enjoy the moment now, focus on what's in front of me, if I can continue my career here, that's fine, if not, I can accept it, great players are not all on the same team efficiency, like Jordan is retiring from the Wizards, I am the leader of this team now and one of the faces of the team, I am still trying to be an ambassador of the league, Bring everyone together. Brown said.
Brown's meaning is actually very clear, if the Celtics can't provide the contract they want, and they don't mind leaving, then the pressure is on the Celtics' side, and Brown at this stage deserves a top salary, whether it's 26 years old or his ability on the court. But because of Tatum's presence, even if Brown gets a top salary with the Celtics, his status can only be second-in-command, and it is almost impossible to become the face of the league.