Jaylen Brown certainly doesn't lack confidence heading into the 2018-19 NBA season.
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"Oh, we're getting to the Finals," Brown said. "No question about it."
For most players, guaranteeing a playoff berth let alone a Finals berth is a bold move. But for Brown, it isn't hard to understand why the third-year Celtics forward is so optimistic about his team's chances.
Boston made it to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals without Gordon Hayward for the entire season, and without Kyrie Irving for all of the playoffs. Assuming the C's are at full strength this time around, and with LeBron James finally being out of the East, there aren't many reasons to bet against them.
As highly projected as the Celtics are entering the new campaign, Brown makes it clear that expectations don't matter. What matters, is execution.
"At the end of the day it doesn't matter if we're the favorites in the East or we're predicted to win 10 games in the East," Brown said. "We've got to come out and play. It's simple."