Jaylen Brown Criticizes Celtics’ Effort After Loss To Rockets originally appeared nbc sports boston
The Boston Celtics took the Houston Rockets lightly on Monday night, and they paid the price.
The Celtics laid an egg at the Toyota Center, trailing the NBA’s worst team by 13 points, before their late rally fell short. in a 111–109 loss, Houston entered Monday with a 15-52 record, but Boston failed to take care of business, shooting just 28.6 percent (12 for 42) from 3-point range in the loss.
all-star guard However, Jaylen Brown believed that the Celtics’ issues went beyond poor shooting.
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“Definitely lack of effort,” Brown told reporters after the match. “Fifty-fifty balls, loose balls, they beat us … It felt like they won every loose ball. They wanted more of it.”
Brown played his part in the scoring department with a season-high 43 points on 16 of 25 shooting. But the Celtics were outclassed by a young, scrappy Rockets team, which beat Boston in total rebounds (48 to 38), offensive rebounds (15 to 10), turnovers (10 to 13) and second-chance points (17 to 10). Gave.
Brown said, “We lost tonight not really on execution, but on lack of effort.” “Not doing our job. The tough stuff, the little things that add up. Offensive rebounds and loose balls, turnovers – we didn’t deserve to win today.
“… you’re playing a team with only 15 wins, you think (a win is) just going to happen automatically. It’s not the NBA and it’s not basketball. And we didn’t have that sense of urgency.” That’s why we weren’t rewarded tonight. It just happens.”
The Celtics could use a sense of urgency moving forward. They are now just 3-5 in their last eight games, 2.5 games behind the No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference while the Philadelphia 76ers are just one game behind the No. 3 seed. Unless the Bucks hit a rut with 14 games remaining, the No. 1 seed seems out of reach for Boston.
He’s at his best when C is making 3-point shots, but even when he’s not making threes, he needs to put in a better effort on both ends of the floor to avoid letdowns like Monday night. it occurs. He will have a chance to return on Wednesday in Minnesota against the Timberwolves.