Eastern Conference Finals MVP Ladder Rankings after Boston Celtics beat Pacers in Game 1

Indiana Pacers v Boston Celtics - Game One
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No. 3: Jaylen Brown

There is no play more pivotal in game 1 than the game-tying three-pointer to end regulation from Jaylen Brown. Yes, the Celts outclassed Indy in the OT period, but this cold-blooded shot is the reason they even had the chance. Boston's 1A star amassed 26 points, seven rebounds, and five assists on 50% shooting. The three steals and a block do not even begin to tell the story of how valuable JB was on both ends tonight.

There is a definitive case of saying he should have been All-Defense. He did make two key free throws in crunch time as well, which has not been a strong spot for him. There also is an argument for Brown being a spot higher given that he made the most memorable play of the night. I just feel there is another level the forward can rise to in the coming games.