It’s no secret that the Boston Celtics have had their struggles this season. Tuesday’s loss against the Philadelphia 76ers was no exception. The Sixers bullied their way to a 10-point victory over the Cs, sweeping the season series, 3-0.
“Yesterday was a tough one for us,” Brown told reporters on Wednesday. “That wasn’t our best showing.”
Not so long ago, the Celtics were perceived as legitimate contenders to come out of the East. Fast forward to current time and questions have been raised regarding Boston’s legitimacy as a mere playoff-caliber team. With the on-court struggles, off-court speculation has arisen. Doubts of Jayson Tatum’s leadership skills have been voiced, while rumors of the team’s star players eyeing an exit from Beantown in the near future have also gained some steam.
However, with a quick turnaround on deck against the New York Knicks on Wednesday evening, Brown was focused simply on what he and his Celtics teammates can control.
“There’s so much outside noise, so many things shifting around, I just needed to come out and be Jaylen,” Brown noted.
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Jaylen Brown Details Pregame Discussion With Jayson Tatum
Jaylen was certainly Jaylen on Wednesday. The 24-year-old wing fueled Boston to their 26th victory of the season, leading all scorers with 34 points and recording the first 30-point, 10-rebound game of his NBA career. However, it was more than just his in-game efforts that fueled the Celtics’ win.
Brown revealed that prior to tipoff, he pulled over fellow All-Star Jayson Tatum for a private, yet pivotal chat.
“So, I talked to JT (Jayson Tatum) before the game and we almost had to just forget about everything. And I just said, ‘Let’s just come out and play basketball. Be aggressive. Be our best version of ourselves,’” Brown noted.
“I initiated it as soon as we came in,” he added. “My energy was just upbeat. I had a conversation with him like, ‘Yesterday wasn’t our best showing, but man, let’s just play basketball. I got you, you got me. Let’s run, let’s be us and have a great game.’ I think that’s kind of what got things going for us.”
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