After COVID-19, Boston’s Jaylen Brown says it feels ‘instead of playing one game, it kind of feels like I played three’

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After a transcendent season debut for the Boston Celtics, All-Star forward Jaylen Brown was noticeably more than a few steps slower than even his usual self, and speaking to the media after practice on Friday, the Georgia native confirmed at least some of it has to do with his recovery from a bout with COVID-19.

Brown’s 46 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists against the New York Knicks in the Celtics’ season opener gave many hope that the Cal-Berkeley product had largely dodged a bullet when it came to the lingering issues that plagued teammate Jayson Tatum after his fellow star forward came down with the viral malady last season. But his uneven and at times downright bad play over the team’s next four games hinted that might not be the case, which the Celtics forward opened up about to the press when asked if COVID might be partly to blame.

“I think so,” explained Brown. “I’ve noticed in the last couple of days — four games for me now — that my body hasn’t recovered the same.”

“Since then, I’ve been talking to our medical staff about that,” he added. “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 just turned 25,” joked Brown, “but this can’t be what it looks like on the other side.”

The Marrietta native’s respiratory capabilities were initially a concern, perhaps cognizant of how COVID-19 had impacted Tatum.

But that would turn out to not be one of the chief problems Brown has been coping with since coming back to the team: “My breathing was more of my concern, and I’m breathing fine,” he related.

Among the main issues for the 25-year-old? The toll games are playing on his body, perhaps even exacerbating his recurring issues with tendinitis.

“I’m just not recovering as fast as I would like. And I’m having some joint pains, and that’s a part of COVID as well. I think that some increase joint pain, I think that is a part of it. And as I continue to fight through it, and continue to play more games and get the right stuff into my system, it’ll get better. Right now it has been inconsistent.”

“I think that’s obvious, he continued, “but my body hasn’t felt the same.”

We have seen a variety of different personal reactions to COVID-19, with players like Rob Williams and Al Horford seeming to weather the illness with little impact, while others like Tatum and former Celtics wing Evan Fournier took much longer to get back to the player they were before.

While it isn’t an excuse for the team’s rough play to start the season, learning a new system under a new coach and now this news about Brown’s health helps fill in the gaps as to why Boston has yet to respond with the sort of consistent effort fans (and the team) have been hoping for.

This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook!

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