Jaylen Brown insists Boston feels no pressure ahead of Game 4
After opening the Eastern Conference Semifinals with a blowout win over the league’s best team – in the regular season, at least – on the roard, it finally seemed safe to say with certainty that the Boston Celtics had righted their wayward ship. But two straight losses later, the Celtics’ back is suddenly up against the proverbial wall versus Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Jaylen Brown, though, insists his team feels no pressure with Sunday’s crucial Game 4 at T.D. Garden looming.
“No pressure at all,” he said, per Scott Souza of CLNS. “We just have to come out, respond, play the way we know how to play. If we do that, everything should be fine.”
Brown was electric in the Celtics’ 123-116 loss the Bucks in Game 3, scoring 18 points, draining three triples, making disruptive plays on defense, and rising up for a filthy wrong-footed poster dunk over Antetokounmpo. But his impact was nonetheless muted by foul trouble, as Brown picked up three fouls in the third quarter alone followed by a pair of quick offensive fouls in the fourth quarter. He finally fouled out with 20 seconds left as Boston, facing an imminent loss, was forced to play the foul game.
In the locker room, however, Jaylen Brown stopped himself from directly calling out the officiating crew for what many deemed questionable calls.
“I’m not going to comment on it,” he said, per Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports. “I think they shot a lot of free throws. It is what it is. You move on. … Obviously that’s something that’s going to be talked about, but I’m not going to do too much of that talking.”
Game is 4 on Monday.