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Following Sunday’s 128-102 Game 3 road loss vs. the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics All-Star Jaylen Brown said that the team’s defense hasn’t had the same impact as last year.

(via CLNS Media):

Reporter: “Jaylen, when you guys have had defensive success in the past, everyone’s been able to just go make the play and trust that the person behind them is going to continue to fill the chain. Do you feel like you guys have kinda lost that trust and that confidence that it’s going to be whatever you do, someone behind you is going to help you do the job?”

Brown: “Our defense hasn’t been especially what it was last year, but we’ve had tremendous strides in different directions, and we’ve been able to find ways to win basketball games. I don’t think that was the issue here. Yeah, we struggled to get stops, but to their credit, they’re playing well above their means. They’re balling right now, and I’ve got to give them respect. Gabe Vincent, Martin, Strus, Duncan Robinson, guys that we should be able to keep under control are playing their ass off.”