Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics still couldn’t solve the Orlando Magic puzzle en route to a 113-98 loss. This is the third straight time the Cs have lost to the Magic after winning their last 10 meetings.
Boston played poorly tonight as they were without Marcus Smart and Robert Williams due to ankle and knee injuries respectively. He also missed out on the services of Sixth Man of the Year contender Malcolm Brogdon, who was unable to meet due to personal reasons.
Brown had this to say about Magic after the Celtics’ nine-game winning streak ended:
“Tonight, we had opportunities to win or go up and Orlando took away those opportunities with their physicality. Give them credit and we look forward to the next one.”
Even with several key players in street clothes, the Boston Celtics expect more of themselves. They beat the Toronto Raptors on the road last Saturday without Tatum and missing Smart, Williams and Derrick White to injuries.
Jaylen Brown knew the Celtics could and should have done better but the Magic seemed to have their number. After a 55-54 halftime score, Wendell Carter Jr., Franz Wagner and Rookie of the Year favorite Paolo Banchero dominated Boston.
After Tatum drilled a 3 that cut Orlando’s lead to 97-95, the Magic held them to just three points the rest of the way. It wasn’t just the physicality of coach Jamal Mosley’s team that troubled the Celtics.
The Orlando Magic’s length and athleticism have been a puzzle that Jaylen Brown and company haven’t been able to solve. Brown and Jayson Tatum each had 26 points, but they had to bleed for each.
After the game, Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla reiterated what Jaylen Brown said earlier. Mazzola emphasized the Orlando Magic’s physicality and edge, which were the main reasons for Boston’s downfall.
Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics can’t afford to take their foot off the pedal
After losing to the Orlando Magic, the Boston Celtics fell to 35-13, still four games ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference. They practically own the best record in their conference and even the entire NBA for most seasons.
Injuries to Marcus Smart and Robert Williams may slow them down, but they can’t take their foot off the gas pedal. They will have to adapt without two of their best defensive players as they fall behind to maintain the best record in the NBA.
Against the Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic, they looked sluggish, especially in the first half. They can’t afford it because the season is still long and they will face elite competition almost every night.
Moving forward, Jaylen Brown will have to carry much of the Celtics’ load. Jayson Tatum has been bumped.. “JT” is dealing with wrist pain and most were apparently hurt by something in the Magic loss.
Boston will face the Miami Heat, New-look LA Lakers with Rui HachimuraThe Brooklyn Nets, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Milwaukee Bucks in the next 10 games.
If they are still seriously weak and don’t play up to their usual standards, they could lose their high position in the standings.
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