The Boston Celtics could have made excuses for why they fell to an under .500 team in the Washington Wizards Monday night, 99-94. The C’s were without their offensive catalyst in Kemba Walker and were playing their third game in four nights.
Jaylen Brown wasn’t going to make those excuses, though.
“You have to give credit where credit is due. They kicked our ass,” Brown said.
Brown, in particular, had far from his best performance against the Wizards even though he tallied 23 points and 12 rebounds, both team highs. Brown made just 7 of his 22 shots from the floor and finished a putrid 2-of-10 from beyond the arc. Marcus Smart wasn’t much better offensively, going 3-of-14 from the field for 13 points.
In total, the C’s shot a mere 34.7 percent (33-for-95) as a team and were a dreadful 21.6 percent (8-for-37) from deep against a Washington squad that has one of the worst defenses in the NBA.
Sure, a performance like this was bound to happen, especially with how the C’s were playing of late at the beginning of games along with Walker sidelined for a third straight game with flu-like symptoms.
But these Celtics, most notably Brown, won’t use any of the excuses for their lackluster performance that resulted in their ninth loss of the season.