Despite the disappointing end to the season, Celtics wing Jaylen Brown is confident heading into training camp. "We're getting to The Finals. No question about it," Brown said during an appearance on C.J. McCollum's "Pull Up" podcast on Wednesday.
Brown added that even though James left Cleveland to join the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, he would have liked his team's chances of coming out of the East, regardless.
"I hate how everybody is like, 'Oh, LeBron's gone in the East,'" Brown said. "I know he did have a stronghold on the East for the last seven years, but he barely got up out of there this year. And our mindset was like, 'Man, he's not beating us again.' And that's what our mindset was. We had a bunch of young guys who could really play and we didn't back down from nobody."
Along with the up-and-coming Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors, who recently acquired star forward Kawhi Leonard, the Celtics are widely considered one of the favorites to represent the East in the championship round.
"Expectation levels are there and we have expectation levels for ourselves," Brown added. "It's important for us to stay grounded and just continue to play ball. Continue to play the way we played this past season."
Brown averaged 14.5 points and 4.9 boards during his sophomore campaign last season. He increased his scoring during Boston's postseason run, averaging 18 points in 18 contests.