Celtics’ Jaylen Brown calls LeBron James ‘just a regular guy’ before Game 2

In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, LeBron James had his way with the Celtics, posting 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in an easy Cavaliers win. Apparently, though, that performance — or James’s status as a three-time NBA champion, four-time MVP and 13-time all-star — was not enough to impress Boston’s Jaylen Brown, who called the Cleveland forward “just a regular guy” in comments to reporters before Game 2.

Perhaps James will dismiss Brown’s remarks as the misguided utterances of a rookie barely out of his teens. The Celtics might want to hope so, given that they hardly need to see James playing with a higher level of motivation in Friday’s matchup.

In fairness, Brown was talking about the mind-set he needs to take on James. Nevertheless, bulletin boards rarely feature full context, and the first-year Celtic’s comments are likely to be noted by the Cavs.

“LeBron’s a good player, but I look at him as just a regular guy to me,” Brown said. “So I’ve got to come out and compete just like he’s got to come out and compete. I’ve got to tie my shoes just like he ties his shoes. There’s bigger threats in my neighborhood than LeBron James, so I have no fear — I have no fear whatsoever of LeBron.”

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