NEW ORLEANS — Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown is out against the New Orleans Pelicans with a sore right hip after taking a hard fall against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.
Brown didn’t join the Celtics at shoot around in New Orleans on Monday morning, and Brad Stevens said he was probably “in a pool somewhere” getting a workout in. Stevens added that Brown was “very sore.”
After Saturday’s game, Brown had X-rays, which came back negative.
After a tough start to the season, Brown has looked more aggressive in his last few games — attacking the paint hard and getting to the rim. He finished with 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting.
Other shoot-around notes:
– Kyrie Irving said the Celtics have been overthinking each game, which is one of the things they need to figure out as they look to turn their season around.
“Going through it and talking about it as if it’s a metaphor as the season, like trying to overthink it, it can be a little overwhelming at times, especially for a new group we have trying to figure things out,” Irving said. “So I think we have to be as excited going through it as we are when we get that success that we want.”
That can be difficult: With as much talent as the Celtics have, players can try to do too much.
“I think sometimes you can lose focus of other things that’s going on around you that you can do to help your teammates out,” Irving said. “When you’re not particularly playing well and you feel like you want to do more, then I think that can take away from what you can be doing more for your teammates.”
– Stevens warned reporters (and presumably players) in the preseason that the Celtics needed to play with urgency every night to win. Sure enough: When Boston’s urgency has lacked, the results have been losses.
“We’ve shown signs of progress, but at some point we have to put it together more in a game,” Stevens said. “I think that was the same in the preseason. I’d say that even though we were playing a lot less minutes per game than we are now. We’re closer to who we want to be, but we certainly aren’t there.”