The Celtics suffered another crushing defeat at the hands of the Cavaliers Thursday night, 135-102, and with it a swift exit from the Eastern Conference finals.
Jaylen Brown made it clear that losing this series did not sit well with him.
“Getting to the Eastern Conference finals and losing, it builds a hunger,” Brown said to reporters following the loss. “I have a bad taste in my mouth. Got to put in work in the offseason and come back even stronger.”
An even stronger Brown is exactly what the Celtics will need next year, as they look to build on this season’s success.
Going into the offseason, the rookie is looking to improve all facets of his game.
“I think I’m an all-around basketball player,” he said. “Shooting — a lot of people doubted my jump-shooting ability this year and still doubting. I’m going to keep improving every year, that’s my goal,” Brown said. “Ball-handling, I want to really focus on making plays for others. Just continue to get better in every aspect of my game. I don’t consider myself a position. I just consider myself a basketball player.”
Brown had an impressive conference finals, averaging nine points and three rebounds, while shooting 58.6 percent from the floor. Including a playoff career-high 19 point performance in Game 2. He also showed his potential to be a great two-way player, taking on the near impossible assignment of trying to slow down LeBron James.
Playing important minutes throughout the Celtics playoff run, Brown has gained invaluable experience as a rookie. Experience rarely gained by top lottery picks.
“Just being on a winning team, building good habits and learning how to win. Playing the game the right way,” Brown said. “Get your teammates involved. Learning that at a young age — all the older guys tell me that’s really going to help me. A lot of good players, they don’t learn that early. They figure it out three, four or five years in. I’m happy I learned it now and I’ll continue to learn now, and I just got to apply it — this summer is going to be a big summer for me. I’m super excited. As soon as my hip heels up I’ll be back in the gym.”
While the future looks bright, with the Celtics holding both the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft and Brooklyn’s first-rounder in 2018, Brown is not letting that distract him.
“I’m excited about the now, to be honest,” Brown said. “I’m excited about this summer. I try not to look too far ahead towards the future because everybody talks about the future and how much potential we have and how much potential I have. I’m worried about the now. I want to be part of the now. That’s what I’m focused on.”
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Source: GreenStreet Blog