April 12, 2024

The Boston Celtics’ heartbreaking loss to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals occurred more than six months ago. The Celtics standout Jaylen Brown hasn’t forgotten what it was like to lose when there was a chance to play for a title, even after all that time.

With nine turnovers and a plus-minus rating of -17, Brown led the C’s in scoring in Game 7 of the Conference Finals with 19 points. The two-time All-Star claims he’s learned a lot from the loss, despite his extreme struggles, according to Jay King of The Athletic.

When asked what he learned from the game, Brown responded, “Mostly, reading the game.”

Brown is averaging 22.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game so far in the 2023–24 campaign. The Celtics are 15-5 and hold exclusive control of first place in the Eastern Conference, despite those not being career-high results. Additionally, Brown’s 2.5 turnovers per game average is the lowest it has been since the 2019–2020 season.

The 27-year-old guard says he trained harder than ever this past offseason because of the game that was a do-or-die loss to Miami last spring.

Brown stated, “It just inspired growth.” It simply motivated me. It was motivation to do better. That’s how unfortunate it was for us to lose the way we did, but I wouldn’t trade anything.

The Celtics and Heat have only played once since the Conference Finals elimination. In a game that Boston won 119-111 in late October, Brown finished with 27 points and six rebounds in just 34 minutes. Thursday, January 25th, will see the rematch between the two rivals in Miami.

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