Jaylen Brown reacts to Isaiah Thomas' praise after first NBA All-Star nod

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Jaylen reacts to Isaiah Thomas' shout-out after first All-Star nod originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

If there was a silver lining for Jaylen Brown in the wake of another crushing Boston Celtics loss, it was earning recognition from his peers for his first NBA All-Star nod.

Brown and teammate Jayson Tatum were named Eastern Conference All-Star reserves Tuesday night before dropping a heartbreaker to the Mavericks in Dallas. Following the loss, ex-Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas showed Brown some love on Twitter, and the 24-year-old seemed pleased by the shout-out.

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Thomas and Brown overlapped for one season in Boston: the 2016-17 campaign in which I.T. played like a superstar, averaging 28.9 points per game to carry the Celtics to the Eastern Conference finals. Brown considers Thomas a close friend, so this shout-out had to feel good for the young star.

Brown wasn't exactly in a celebratory mood Tuesday night, however. After Luka Doncic's dagger 3-pointer dropped Boston to below .500 (15-16), the five-year veteran seemed more concerned about his team's struggles than a personal milestone.

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"I don’t feel very much like an All-Star," Brown told reporters in a video conference, as seen in the video player above. "I think this is the most I’ve lost since I’ve been here as a Celtic. We’ve got to find ways to win."

Indeed, the Celtics haven't been below .500 this late in the season since April 15, 2015, according to The Athletic's Jared Weiss. So, while Brown will get to play his first All-Star Game in his home state of Georgia (Atlanta), he'll hope the C's can string some wins together before the March 7 contest.

"Win as many games as we can before the All-Star break," Brown said when asked about his focus going forward. "Get back above .500. And just keep playing good basketball. It’s a long season."

The Celtics are right back in action Wednesday night with a matchup against the Hawks in Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. ET.