Over the past few seasons, the Boston Celtics elite duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have been great players, but something seemed off. The duo seemed to be missing one final piece that could put them over the top as players. The thing that most people felt they were missing was a true killer mentality that all the great players have.
Through the first three games of the 2023-24 season, it’s safe to say that Tatum and Brown have adopted that attribute — and they have now taken their games to a new dominant level.
On Monday night against the Washington Wizards, Tatum and Brown proved their newfound maturity/mentality by combining for 69 points in three-quarters of action. The duo nearly outscored the Wizards by themselves in the first three quarters. The aggressive and angry mindset from the duo highlights how they have grown from a year ago as they used to take weaker teams lightly.
Brown had the quote of the night, speaking to the Celtics’ new mentality of not being complacent. I thought this was a phenomenal answer from Brown because he acknowledged that the Celtics used to have bad habits, but that they are looking to avoid laziness.
The mindset shift shows tremendous growth from the duo, and it shows that they want to be like the all-time greats.
Spending summer with Boston Celtics legend did wonders for Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum
When you look back at the history of the NBA, most of the all-time great players had a mentality that was centered around never being complacent. I think spending a training camp around Paul Pierce and other Celtics legends has done wonders for Tatum and Brown.
If the Jays are going to adopt this mentality throughout the season and not take their opponents lightly, it will be a scary sight for the rest of the league.
If Tatum and Brown don’t let up this season, who in the world is stopping them from Banner 18?