Brown and Tatum Unimpressed by Mazzulla's Tension-Easing Effort



by FAIZAN CHAUDHARY

Brown and Tatum Unimpressed by Mazzulla's Tension-Easing Effort
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In a recent showdown, the team in the league, the Boston Celtics, lost a step to the Washington Wizards, the underdog. And the Celtics coach, Joe Mazzulla, tried to lighten the moment with a quick joke at a tense time, only to be met with blank stares from stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

Even though Celtics hold a rather impressive 40-12 record, at the half, they were still behind 64-71. On the other hand, Wizards hold the worst spot in the Eastern Conference by record with 9-42. The surprising shortage had Mazzulla cracking a joke.

Jay King of The Athletic reported that Mazzulla looked to defuse the situation with a couple of jokes in the third quarter. He later told the media he couldn't repeat them, because they were inappropriate. Tatum and Brown, for their part, didn't find their coach's highbrow comedic efforts especially amusing.

Tatum summed it up, matter of factly, by saying, "His joke wasn’t that funny," and Brown went on to add, "We were losing at the time. I didn’t find it funny."

Celtics' Commanding Comeback

But for that halftime hiccup, the Celtics gave a great show on why they are the team to beat this season.

They responded spectacularly in the third quarter, outpointing the Wizards 36-16, and seizing a commanding 100-87 lead into the final quarter. The Wizards made a run for it in the fourth quarter but could not surpass the Celtics, who held on to win 133-129.

Jayson Tatum spearheaded the Celtics' offensive efforts, emerging as the top scorer in a tightly contested game. His performance was closely followed by Jaylen Brown's significant contribution of 20.0 points, complemented by 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists, further bolstering the team's strong showing.

Additionally, Kristaps Porzingis played a pivotal role for Boston, delivering an impressive 34.0 points and securing 11.0 rebounds, showcasing his prowess on both ends of the court. Jrue Holiday also made his mark, adding a well-rounded 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists, contributing significantly to the team's dynamic offensive strategy and overall success in the game.

This marked the second win for Boston against the Wizards this season, and the two teams meet again on March 17. The Celtics close the regular season against the Wizards on April 14, so there might still be more to come in this one.

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