Jaylen Brown: Celtics don't 'fear' Warriors heading into NBA Finals Game 6

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Brown makes it clear Celtics not scared, don't 'fear' Warriors originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The Boston Celtics have stood strong in the face of adversity all season. That isn't about to change heading into a do-or-die Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

They'll host the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night as they look to force a Game 7. A bounce-back win won't be easy, but anyone counting these Celtics out hasn't been paying attention. They rebounded from a horrific first half of the regular season to earn the second seed in the Eastern Conference. They continued to show their resiliency by going 7-1 after losses this postseason.

Celtics star Jaylen Brown spoke Wednesday about the team's difficult journey and how it has prepared them for this pivotal moment.

"Everything has been a learning experience," he said. "We wear everything that we learned this year as a badge of honor that we kind of wear. We don't let it hang over our heads. We bounce back. We've been able to respond well all year."

Despite losing the last two games in the series, Brown and the Celtics haven't lost confidence. In fact, they have all the confidence in the world heading into a do-or-die scenario vs. a team that's won three championships since 2015.

"We're looking forward to the challenge," Brown said. " We got to embrace it. Ain't no other way around it. Last game on our home floor to kind of embody our whole season. We're looking to give it everything we got. We are not scared. We do not fear the Golden State Warriors. We want to come out and play the best version of basketball that we can."

"We know it's a good team over there. We know they've done it before. But we have all the belief in ourselves. We're going to come out and leave it all out there. That's the whole intent."

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Brown and the Celtics are right not to fear the Warriors. They should fear themselves.  After turning the ball over 18 times in their Game 5 defeat, they're now 0-6 in these playoffs when they have 16 or more turnovers. They're 14-3 when they have 15 or fewer. That will be the key stat to monitor during Thursday night's showdown.

Tip-off for Celtics-Warriors Game 6 is set for just after 6 p.m. PT at TD Garden.

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