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Celtics' Jaylen Brown describes effects of COVID-19: One game feels like three

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After contracting COVID-19 prior to the start of the season, Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown said Friday he still doesn't fully feel like himself on the court.

It's been evident in Brown's up-and-down performances in the four games he's played this season. Brown attributed his inconsistencies to the aftereffects from the virus, which include longer recovery time between games along with lingering fatigue and joint pain.

"I've noticed in the last couple of the days with four games for me now my body hasn't recovered the same," Brown said. "I've been talking to our medical staff about that. I feel great and then it feels like instead of playing one game it kind of feels like I played three. I'm used to my body responding and recovering a lot faster and I know I just turned 25, but this can't be what it looks like on the other side."

It was announced that Brown tested positive for COVID on Oct. 8 and went through a 10-day isolation period. Brown, who said he focused on his breathing during that span and that in particular hasn't been an issue for him while playing, immediately returned to game action with little time to ramp up physically.

Through the early parts of this season, Brown has followed up stellar showings with drastically different outings. After a career-high 46 points in the season opener against the New York Knicks in which he played 46 minutes in the double-overtime defeat, he delivered a clunker of a performance against the Toronto Raptors by scoring just nine points.

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The same trend happened again when Brown notched 30 points in an overtime win over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday, only to follow that up Wednesday with a 13-point effort on 5-of-16 shooting against the Washington Wizards.

Brown looked especially lethargic against the Wizards, and Celtics coach Ime Udoka called it "mind-boggling" after the loss how Brown's performances swung from one extreme to the other.

The criticism from a first-year coach calling out one of his star players didn't draw the ire of Brown, as he was just as puzzled by his play.

Jaylen Brown is averaging 24.5 points in four games, but his performances have been inconsistent.
Jaylen Brown is averaging 24.5 points in four games, but his performances have been inconsistent.

"Ime came and talked to me about it today and yesterday. It didn't bother me. It's mind-boggling to me, too," Brown said. "I was surprised that my body didn't respond the way it normally responds. Usually able to have that zip, that pop flying up and down the court, and it just wasn't there. I think that was obvious. I don't think he was out of line or anything for that. I got to be better."

For Brown, there isn't a perfect remedy to get him back to feeling 100%. He said the medical staff has told him to push through when he begins to feel fatigue setting in, and Brown believes matters will correct themselves over time.

"I'm still not myself, but it will continue to get better," Brown said. "That's what I'm thinking as I focus more on my regiment and my diet or whatever else I need to do to make sure that I get back to what I need to do. I'm going to do, from my understanding, is just to push through. I can still affect the game in different ways and my frustration is with my body more than anything."

Follow Greg Dudek on Twitter @gdudek10.

This article originally appeared on The Enterprise: Celtics' Jaylen Brown on effects of COVID: One game feels like three