“We need some older voices to guide us right now!”: Celtics Jaylen Brown welcomes the leadership of Joe Johnson after his return to the NBA

Akash Murty
|Published December 23, 2021

Celtics All-Star Jaylen Brown getting back to his usual self gets the W for the Boston Celtics and feels happy with some veteran presence in the team.

The Boston Celtics (15-16) took on the Cleveland Cavaliers (19-12) Wednesday night. Cavs without their powerful young bigs, Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley visited the TD Garden with the Celtics looking to bounce off from the loss against the Sixers.

It looked like the Celtics were about to blow a lead to the Cavaliers again, as they did against Philly after in the fourth quarter. And although they saw a 23-point lead come down to 10, the margin was too big for the short-handed Cavs to make a comeback.

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The Celtics also needed some help as they were short of some important players due to health and safety protocols. And they got it with All-Star-like performances by their shooting guard, Jaylen Brown, and center Robert Williams, who filled in for Enes Kanter’s poor 40 plus minutes against the Sixers. Some veterans returning to the game after 3 or more years also helped.


Jaylen Brown admirers Joe Johnson and CJ Miles’ return to the game

As the Celtics held off the Cavaliers to a decent lead, “We Want Joe!” chants from the Garden crowd brought the 40-year-old free agent Joe Johnson on the court. The 7-time All-Star saw the court for the first time since May 28, 2018, with the Rockets.

Jaylen Brown, who had a 34 point game, talked about what the veteran presence of Joe Johnson and CJ Miles brings to the table. Both have been recently signed on hardship contracts.

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“Iso Joe” showed some of his old self as soon as he got the opportunity to get his hands on the basketball.

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With a stellar defensive effort along with some remarkable shot-making, the Celtics defeated the Cavs 111-101 to get back on the .500 mark. They’ll be looking to carry this form when they face the reigning champions, Milwaukee Bucks, on Christmas day eve.

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Akash Murty

Akash Murty

An Electrical and Electronics Engineer by degree, Akash Murty is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. Previously a Software Engineer, Murty couldn’t keep himself away from sports, and his knack for writing and putting his opinion forward brought him to the TSR. A big Soccer enthusiast, his interest in basketball developed late, as he got access to a hoop for the first time at 17. Following this, he started watching basketball at the 2012 Olympics, which transitioned to NBA, and he became a fan of the game as he watched LeBron James dominate the league. Him being an avid learner of the game and ritually following the league for around a decade, he now writes articles ranging from throwbacks, and live game reports, to gossip. LA Lakers are his favourite basketball team, while Chelsea has his heart in football. He also likes travelling, reading fiction, and sometimes cooking.

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