Jaylen Brown is losing sleep over Boston’s play, but has changes in mind to help

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“My job is to come out and play basketball and inspire guys to play hard, and I haven’t done a good job of that,” offered All-Star forward Jaylen Brown after Friday Night’s loss to the Sacramento Kings.

Brown has found himself on a team where only he, fellow All-Star wing Jayson Tatum and reserve big man Robert Williams III seem to be consistent contributors night-to-night, with veteran point guard Kemba Walker forced to sit on the second half of back-to-backs and even the Jays thrown by lingering health issues. And while it needs to be noted that more than a third of the league is dealing with similar mediocrity in long stretches on teams anticipated to be good, it’s little comfort to the frustration it has generated in these players.

Brown in particular.

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"When adversity hits hard, when you get put in situations where you're uncomfortable in life or on a basketball court, that's the time when you show what you're made of," explained the Georgia native.

"As a group in the fourth quarter, we've fallen apart a lot of the times in games that we were in, that we could have won. We didn't, for whatever reason mentally or physically or however you want to draw it up. But the fourth quarter is supposed to be winning time, and it's been a time when we haven't been absolutely together."

Brown is not wrong -- the team has been consistently among the league's worst third of teams in recent weeks in fourth quarter scoring. https://twitter.com/TheCelticsWire/status/1373273133877186568?s=20

He does, however, have a plan. "My mom always told me to keep an open mind," noted Brown. "There's different ways to lead."

"So, maybe the way I have been trying to hasn't been working, [and I should] try other ways to be a leader, and learn and grow and make adjustments. That's something I've always tried to work on and improve, and I haven't done a good job of leading this group."

"I lose sleep at night because of that," he added. [mm-video type=video id=01f10x1nd31j0psh79 playlist_id=none player_id=none image=https://images2.minutemediacdn.com/image/upload/video/thumbnail/mmplus/01f10x1nd31j0psh79/01f10x1nd31j0psh79-1193205b11da31080c348f524024a467.jpg] This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook! [lawrence-related id=48012,48004,48001,47980] [listicle id=48047]

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