<p class = "web-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "BOSTON – As the Boston Celtics approached the end of the morning before tonight's match against Washington Wizards, Jaylen Brown and Danny Ainge, with Marcus Smart also had a conversation on the side of the training ground. & data: "data-reactid =" 23 "> BOSTON – As the Boston Celtics approached the end of their morning questions before tonight's game Washington assistants Jaylen Brown and Danny Ainge, accompanied by Marcus Smart also, had a conversation on the sidelines of the training ground.
If you stay long enough in this team, you will find that Ainge, the president of basketball operations of the team, has this kind of conversation often with his players.
When asked about the conversation, Brown made it clear that the conversation had more to do with Ainge giving him a perspective on a difficult year for Brown and the Celtics.
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And then there's fan and media criticism, not to mention the occasional dust in the middle of the games between Brown and his teammates.
Ainge, a former NBA player and coach before holding a front-office position in Boston, is well aware of the difficulties faced by all players in their early years in the NBA.
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That's why Brown values moments like this morning where Ainge's words reminded him to keep everything going in perspective.
"It's very rewarding," said Brown, who added that Ainge also praised him for the way he had handled all the ups and downs of the season. "Some GMs may not be able to say anything to you, so I appreciate it, I try to listen to everyone, to hear everyone and their point of view, you can learn something. No matter who you are listening to, so Danny is definitely one of the people in my ear who I am listening to, just because of his position and what it is. lived. "
Brown said it was not the first time Ainge had talked to him about an enigma.
"I remember my rookie year, there was a point … I just finished a good game, I played against LeBron (James), started, had some good games or something else," Brown said. "And then, I had some terrible games right after, and he (Ainge) came to me … and said to me: It's part of your growth, so all these experiences now, you will learn and grow And it will take a year or two where everything will be perfect, you will be in a great position and will be able to deploy all your talent, but in the meantime, you have to work for those times. & # 39; "
And although Brown has had his share of criticism this season, he has been one of the Celtics' most consistent players recently, with numbers that look strangely similar to those of his February performances.
It's this consistency that gives Brown and the Celtics the optimism that the struggles that have bogged them down recently – they are entering tonight's game against Washington after losing four straight games – will not be such a big deal as long. that they will continue to focus on playing better to finish the regular season and get into the playoffs by focusing on playing some of their best basketball games as a group.
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"It's the goal," Hayward told NBC Sports Boston. "You want to play in the playoffs, of course, that's why you play, to win a championship, but you want to go into the playoffs with some momentum, playing good basketball." goal."
An objective that Brown adheres to even with a growing number of critics.
"I'm not paid to complain, I'm paid to play basketball," said Brown. "Whatever the weather, whatever the weather (of the team), you have to keep playing basketball and playing hard, you represent a lot, I represent my family, I represent my community, I represent the Boston Celtics, so I want to go out and make everyone happy with my game at least. "
And regarding the team's assessment now, Brown politely answers questions by answering this question directly.
"I would not evaluate it," Brown said. "Everyone knows and everyone has witnessed the ups and downs and difficulties we have encountered, so I'm not going to talk about it, I just hope the day will come, we have to play today. And I want to win, that's what I'm looking forward to doing tonight (against wizards). "
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