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BSJ Daily Briefing 10.25.17: Jaylen Brown’s not bad

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Good morning!

Sorry for the delay this morning. We had a minor glitch that prevented us from posting.

  • What did you do for your 21st birthday? For most of us, it was a night we don't remember that well for obvious reasons. If you're Jaylen Brown, you just go out and score 23 points in a blowout of the Knicks.
  • The thing I love about Brown is that he's just smooth. He's never really out of control with his body one way or the other. In my experience, that's one of the boxes I check when evaluating whether or not an athlete has a chance at stardom. And that's across all sports. Some athletes just always look smooth and totally in control of their bodies: rarely off-balance, their feet don't get in front of the body, always in control ... Other people like that who immediately come to mind: Le'Veon Bell, Kyrie Irving, Andrew Benintendi, Xander Bogaerts... Brown's has that trait. Now, it doesn't mean he's definitely going to be a star, because so much goes into that, but he certainly has a chance.
  • I can't be the only one who thinks that Malcolm Butler looks like his old self since Stephon Gilmore has been out with a concussion. I don't think that's a coincidence. Hopefully, Butler keeps it up when the inevitable happens: Gilmore being inserted back into the starting lineup. You don't pull the plug after five games on a guy you're paying $23 million this season. Now if it's still a problem in the middle of November, then we can talk.

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And away we go...

CATCHING UP

Red Sox

Some good tidbits on the new Sox manager from McAdam: utility players often make the best managers, and Alex Cora was basically a Manny Ramirez go-between for Terry Francona.

Celtics

Jayson Tatum > Markelle Fultz so far, in a big way.
BSJ Game Report: Celtics 110, Knicks 91
Video: Tatum and Al Horford.
Live Coverage.
What's up with the disabled player exception for Gordon Hayward, and what does it mean for the Celtics?

Patriots

This week's NFL Power Rankings from Price.
My two hours with Felger & Mazz.
Price was on in Honolulu. 

Bruins

Tuukka Rask (concussion) could be back between the pipes on Thursday.

ON TAP

Celtics are off.

10:30 a.m.: Bruins practice, Warrior Ice Arena (McDonald)
11 a.m.: Patriots conference call
4:15 p.m.: Tom Brady/Patriots locker room availability.
5 p.m.: Live Q&A: B-Robb on Celtics.
8:09 p.m.: World Series, Game 2 (LA leads 1-0) - Astros at Dodgers (FOX)

PARTING THOUGHT

Little payback for #videogate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_-jwawU2BQ&feature=youtu.be