Jaylen Brown says Sixers were taunting his shot during London game
The Boston Celtics are coming off a win across the pond, beating the Philadelphia 76ers in London last Thursday, 114-103, to improve their Eastern Conference-best record to 34-10. It took a total team effort for the Celtics to claw their way out of a 22-point hole in the second quarter, but perhaps it was Jaylen Brown’s performance that stood out the most for Boston.
Brown scored 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor and also had four rebounds, two assists, and three steals in 32 minutes of action. Perhaps Brown was extra-motivated to deliver a great game in London because the Sixers, according to Brown, were messing with him, per Celtics beat reporter Scott Souza.
Full #Celtics Jaylen Brown quote on response to #76ers taunts in London: I didn’t just do that. They were all together like: ‘Hell, no’ when I shot the ball. Like I’m not shooting plus-40 percent this year. They were like: ‘Hell, no, that’s off.’ So I blew them a little kiss.
— Scott Souza (@Scott_Souza) January 13, 2018
The thing is, Brown was right. Indeed, he is shooting better than 40 percent this season. The former California Golden Bear has a 46.5 field goal shooting percentage while averaging 14.2 points per game. Those numbers are much better than the one he put up in his rookie season last year, when he only averaged just 6.6 points on 45.4 shooting percentage clip.
After four full days of rest, Brown and the Celtics will announce their return to U.S. soil this coming Thursday on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans, who are fresh off a spirited come-from-behind victory over the New York Knicks.
As a key member of the Celtics this season, the 21-year-old Brown, who was drafted third overall by Boston last year, will have to sustain his good season in order for his team to have a stronger grip of the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings.