Thursday, January 27, 2022

Jaylen Brown on whether shooting is contagious, following Celtics’ 4-for-42 night from 3: ‘S—, I guess so’

In his 12-year NBA career, 7-foot-6 center Shawn Bradley shot 4 for 39 from 3-point range. On Wednesday, the Boston Celtics shot 4 for 42.

After the historically miserable performance, a reporter asked Jaylen Brown if shooting is contagious. 

“Shit, I guess so,” he said. “We missed a lot of shots.”

Brown himself missed 12 of his 13 3-point attempts in the Celtics’ 91-82 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, and the rest of the starters shot a combined 0 for 15. He was not, however, unhappy with the shot selection.

“I thought we had a lot of open looks,” Brown said. “We moved the ball and we got — I know they played zone, but we got a lot of great shots, I felt — wide-open looks — and they didn’t go down.”

In one game, Boston’s 3-point percentage dropped from 34 percent on the season to 33.2 percent, which ranks 24th in the league. This mark is no fault of Grant Williams, who shot 2 for 3 against the Clippers and has made 46.6 percent of his 3s this season. Williams said that, sometimes, the Celtics hesitate and overthink instead of confidently firing away.

“I think that shooting is something that we just have to be better at, I guess,” Williams said. “It’s one of those things where we’re getting a lot of good looks and we just haven’t really knocked ’em down. I think that over time, they’ll revert back to the mean.”

Brown said he tells himself and his teammates that, when an open shot presents itself, you have to take it. 

“I know I shot the ball probably the most I’ve ever shot it in my career,” said Brown, who has attempted at least 13 3s seven times in his career and attempted a career-high 19 in a game last season. “But I had some open shots and I missed some. I missed some shots at the basket. Didn’t go in, but I felt like they were good looks. I felt like I got my teammates some open shots that didn’t go in, either. It’s just a shitty game. And unfortunate because we wanted to come back and respond after not playing so well in Minnesota, but I don’t know what else to say. We didn’t knock enough shots down to win.”

The loss was Boston’s eighth in its last 11 games. At 16-19, it is 10th in the East. Jayson Tatum and Dennis Schroder are among several Celtics in health and safety protocols. Coach Ime Udoka said they got a “phenomenal” amount of open 3s against Los Angeles’ zone defense, but lamented that they were “sloppy” in transition, didn’t get to the free throw line enough and gave up multiple offensive rebounds on a key fourth-quarter possession.  

“Several things to look at besides the shooting,” Udoka said. “Nobody tries to miss shots on purpose.”

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