Typically, within the NBA Finals, an in any other case abnormal participant rises above their station to win the hearts of followers in all places.
Consider ahead Robert Horry, who averaged 10 or extra factors simply thrice in his profession however repeatedly got here up massive for seven championship groups. Or ahead Andre Iguodala, who restricted LeBron James in his prime and received a Finals MVP 11 years into his profession.
On Wednesday, a brand new identify made a case for that listing: rookie Nuggets guard Christian Braun.
A 4.7-point-per-game scorer within the common season, Braun erupted for 15 important factors in Denver’s 109–94 win over the Warmth, propelling the Nuggets to a 2–1 sequence lead.
His explosion was warmly welcomed by non-Miami segments of NBA Twitter, as he served virtually to overshadow an astounding efficiency from Denver middle Nikola Jokić.
Braun repeatedly drove on Warmth ahead Jimmy Butler, serving to the Nuggets put away Miami within the fourth quarter.
Christian Braun acquired Warmth Tradition in shambles, he checked out Jimmy Butler and stated that is meals.
— Ahmed/The Ears/IG: BigBizTheGod 🇸🇴 (@big_business_) June 8, 2023
He drew remark for his uncommon identify, pronounced as “Brown” relatively than “Brawn.”
Christian Braun taking part in so nicely persons are going to learn to accurately pronounce his identify
— Ricky O'Donnell (@SBN_Ricky) June 8, 2023
“christian braun” sounds just like the identify of a wrestler whose gimmick is that he’s tremendous into jesus
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) June 8, 2023
Yahoo Sports activities dug up his hilariously modest LinkedIn from his days at Kansas, the place he received a nationwide title in 2022.
Christian Braun's gotta replace his LinkedIn after tonight 🤣 pic.twitter.com/j2nnx4z5V7
— Ball Don’t Lie (@Balldontlie) June 8, 2023
Denver followers had been completely enthralled.
Nuggets followers telling their grandkids in 20 years in regards to the Christian Braun recreation: pic.twitter.com/hhwPcXzVFd
— Denver Stiffs (@denverstiffs) June 8, 2023
Jayhawks followers melted with delight over their native son.
Christian Braun getting featured as a rookie through the NBA Finals! pic.twitter.com/d1HIzQvMJJ
— Jayhawks In The NBA (@NBA_Jayhawks) June 8, 2023
Many famous Braun’s capacity to shake off just a few questionable performs.
Christian Braun having the most effective recreation ever for a dude who hit the aspect of the backboard on a 3-pointer
— Will Guillory (@WillGuillory) June 8, 2023
All informed, it was a studying expertise for these exterior of Lawrence, Kansas.
CHRISTIAN BRAUN pic.twitter.com/7Gzg6dskAH
— The Home that Kami Constructed (@KamitronPTW) June 8, 2023