Celtics’ Jaylen Brown calls out team after bad loss to lowly Thunder
The Boston Celtics are stumbling again.
Just when they seemed to be making strides ahead of the playoffs, the Celtics have lost three in a row, and Tuesday's loss might be their most puzzling. The Oklahoma City Thunder, owners of a bottom-five record and losers of 14 straight, went into Boston and beat the Celtics 119-115 at TD Garden.
The Celtics were shorthanded and played without Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker and Robert Williams III, but Jaylen Brown wasn't interested in making excuses. Brown called out the Celtics' lackluster performance.
"We've got to play with more of a sense of urgency," Brown said. "Tonight I feel like we didn't have the sense of urgency that we needed across the board. A team that has some young, talented players came ready to play. And we got beat."
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Jaylen Brown did not hold back tonight when asked about the game
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Brown had a game-high 39 points and 11 rebounds, but he was upset the Celtics didn't respond better after a 21-point loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday.
"We've got to come and have some pride and play with some urgency," Brown said. "I didn't think tonight we played with urgency, especially after a tough game against Charlotte two days where we got our ass kicked, everybody should've came ready to play with more urgency and we didn't for whatever reason."
Just over a week ago, the Celtics were riding a season-high six-game win streak and had seemed to finally put their early-season struggles behind them.
Boston has lost four of five since to fall into a tie with the Miami Heat for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. There's little margin for error with 10 games remaining. With another key matchup against Charlotte on Wednesday and two more games left against Miami, the Celtics are in danger of dropping into the play-in tournament.
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