The Boston Celtics fell short (108-122) to the red-hot Utah Jazz, who prevailed in Tuesday’s matchup after a 17-7 run to close the game.
Jaylen Brown called his team’s fourth quarter performance embarrassing, taking responsibility as one of the Celtics’ squad leaders.
(via Boston Sports Journal):
“We f****** should take it personally,” Brown said of the late-game performance. “The fourth quarter was embarrassing. That’s the time we are supposed to be our grittiest and it seems like we just fell apart in a sense and that’s a lack of toughness and a lack of leadership and a lot of that is on me.
As a leader of this team, I take responsibility for how we respond and how we come out and in the fourth quarter, it just wasn’t there for us.”
The Celtics allowed Utah to shoot 42.2 percent from deep with Donovan Mitchel and Joe Ingles combining for 5-out-of-6 of them during the fourth quarter.
Mitchell was unstoppable during Tuesday’s matchup and finished the contest with 36 points to help the Jazz win their fifth straight game.
The Celtics were pretty bad on the defensive end during the second half allowing their opponents to score 74 points and close the regulation with a 7-17 run to claim the victory.