Celtics’ Jaylen Brown says Kyrie Irving’s words of confidence move mountains
Jaylen Brown has been inconsistent on offense this season but is slowly getting into his rhythm. The 22-year-old guard had one of his best scoring nights this season, and he revealed why he looked confident on Friday in a win over the Dallas Mavericks.
Brown said that the Celtics now have “extreme” confidence on offense, according to Nicole Yang of The Boston Globe. The third-year forward credited Kyrie Irving, saying that the superstar point guard has been giving them a lot of confidence with his leadership on and off the court.
“It starts with Kyrie,” Brown said. “Kyrie’s been more vocal in putting that into people, just putting that confidence. Just by him saying something, it moves mountains.”
Brown finished with 21 points on 9-for-15 shooting in 27 minutes. He said that knowing that they have each other’s back makes the game a lot easier and smoother for Boston.
Leaning on a balanced attack, the Celtics ran away with a 114-93 victory over the Mavs. Jayson Tatum posted 18 points and six rebounds, while Marcus Smart had 17 points and four boards. Gordon Hayward had 16 points on top of 11 rebounds and eight assists, while Al Horford ended up with 10 points and eight boards.
Irving’s absence was hardly felt by the Celtics, as they also did the job on the defensive end of the floor. Boston, who is waiting for Irving to recover from an eye injury, limited the Mavs to 38.6 percent shooting from the field, including a measly 11-for-44 clip from beyond the arc.
Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 20 points and three rebounds, while DeAndre Jordan finished with 12 points and 15 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki went scoreless in 16 minutes, but he felt a lot of love from Celtics fans. The former NBA Most Valuable Player received two standing ovations from the crowd in what could be his final game in Boston.