“We had a mediocre game,” vs. 76ers, said Jaylen Brown postgame, “and we lost”

“I think we turned it over too much, but defensively, we just couldn’t get a stop,” said Jaylen Brown to the media postgame (via NBC Sports Boston) after the Boston Celtics dropped game one of their East Semis series with the Philadelphia 76ers in what summed up the root cause of the loss succinctly.

“(They) had a lot of guys who made some tough shots starting with (James) Harden, but we’ve got to be better on defense.” One of the criticisms of Boston’s defense came from Celtics Sixth Man of the Year Malcolm Brogdon, who related that the team had doubled Harden too much.

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“A lot of stuff didn’t work,” echoed Brown. “That’s the playoffs, that’s basketball. (We’ll) make adjustments, and get ready for the next one”

Brown downplayed the notion that star Sixers big man Joel Embiid sitting played a role in the loss, however. “We talked about it,” he said. “They just came out more prepared than we did, and they played their (expletive) off, and they had a great game.”

“We had a mediocre game,” added Brown for emphasis, “and we lost.”


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