Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Jaylen Brown says 'lack of effort' is to blame for ugly loss vs. Rockets

The Celtics played from behind for most of the night against arguably the worst team in the league when it came to their most recent matchup against the Houston Rockets.

There's really no other way to sugar coat Boston's 111-109 loss Monday, besides calling it unacceptable. Despite being down by as many as 13 and making a late comeback, the Celtics shot just 12-of-42 from deep and their rally fell short to the 15-52 Rockets.

Jaylen Brown who finished with a game-high 43 points, placed blame beyond just poor shooting, taking it a step further by saying the C's played with no "sense of urgency."
"We lost tonight not really on execution, but lack of effort," said Brown during his postgame comments. "Not doing our job. The hard stuff, the little stuff is what adds up. Offensive rebounds and loose balls, the turnovers; we didn't deserve to win today.

"You're playing a team with only 15 wins, you think (a victory is) just going to automatically happen."
Brown hit 16-of-25 from the field, but the Celtics were 39-of-87 (44.8%) overall from the floor, while also getting out-rebounded 48-38 (including 15-10 on the offensive glass), outscored on second chance points 17-10 and committed 13 turnovers to Houston's 10.
"That's not the NBA and it's not basketball," Brown continued. "We didn't have a sense of urgency, so we weren't rewarded tonight. "That's what happens."
The Celtics (47-22) are now 3-5 in their last eight outings, falling to 2.5 games behind the East leading Milwaukee Bucks (50-19) with the Philadelphia 76ers (45-22) right at their heals and one game behind as the third seed.

With 13 games remaining in the regular season, Boston will look to bounce back when they face the Minnesota Timberwolves (35-34) Wednesday, as they continue their road trip.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of Getty Images

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