JoCo Notes: Blue Valley product Christian Braun shines in NBA Finals

Former Blue Valley Northwest basketball star Christian Braun had his biggest game of the NBA postseason on Wednesday in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, scoring 15 points. Screenshot image via Twitter.

Happy Thursday, Blue Valley!

🌤 Today’s forecast: Mostly sunny with a slight chance for thunderstorms in the morning. High: 84. Low: 62.

🚨 One thing you need to know

Former Blue Valley Northwest and KU basketball star Christian Braun took his game to a new level Wednesday night.

Braun scored 15 points for the Denver Nuggets in a 109-94 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. It was a key supporting performance that helped give the Nuggets a 2-1 series lead on the road.

The one-time high school Mr. Kansas Basketball averaged nearly 5 points per game as a rookie this season but caught fire off the bench on Wednesday, hitting seven of eight shots and showcasing his skills at several key moments, including this steal and fast break dunk.

Two wins away from an NBA championship with Denver, Braun is trying to pull off a unique feat.

If the Nuggets take home the trophy, Braun would be just the fifth player ever to win a college championship — which he did with KU in 2022 — and an NBA title in back-to-back seasons.

Braun also helped lead BV Northwest to three state titles during his high school career.

🗓 Public meetings Thursday

  • Board of County Commissioners, 9:30 a.m. [View agenda]
  • Johnson County Library Board, 4 p.m. [More info]

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Flowers in bloom at Park Place in Leawood. Photo credit Lucie Krisman.