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By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Jaylen Brown is a fascinating player to listen to, regardless of topic. His brutal honesty after the Celtics’ stunning last-second loss to the Toronto Raptors was the latest example.

Brown held himself accountable for the Celtics’ communication breakdown on the final play of Game 3, in which OG Anunoby caught a long pass from Kyle Lowry and got off a three-point shot that snatched the victory from the C’s. It pretty much kept the series alive for the Raptors, who are now down 2-1 instead of 3-0. And even though Anunoby couldn’t even get a full follow-through on the last-second shot, leaving him wide open is an inexcusable miscue in that situation.

The Celtics fourth-year guard didn’t hold back, didn’t make excuses, used a little profanity. Exactly the kind of response you’d want to hear as a Celtics fan after a disappointing loss like that.

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“It’s just a miscommunication, the coverage that we were in, that’s all it really is,” Brown said. “They made a remarkable play at the end, [Anunoby] snuck along the baseline. We’ve just got to communicate better as a unit. That can’t happen. We were matched up and OG snuck along the baseline and [we] didn’t recognize him early enough, and he got a wide-open look. We’ve got to be better than that, we’ve got to communicate better.

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“And just me being four years in, I’ve got to be better. Can’t give up a three at the end of the game. They made a remarkable shot. But it’s a [expletive] disgrace. There’s no excuse for it at all. It was ridiculous. Can’t take your foot off the gas at all. We’ve got to be ready to play Game 4.”

Hopefully, for the Celtics’ sake, they step on the gas out of the chute in Game 4. Because they just gave the Raptors life that they had no business having at the end of that game.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Yell at him on Twitter @mattdolloff or send him a nasty email at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.