In the midst of the Celtics’ 128-107 loss to the Pacers in a second game of a back-to-back on Sunday, Jaylen Brown let his frustration boil over when he shoved big man Goga Bitadze and earned himself a technical foul.
Brown initially reacted to a hard bump from Bitadze that sent him tumbling to the floor during the third quarter, when the Celtics were down 82-72. No foul was called, and Brown got back up and pushed Bitadze in retaliation. Brown put the blame on the officials for a non-call after the game.
“He was trying to put something behind that and send a message,” Brown said in his postgame press conference. “That’s why I was upset. You can’t miss a call like that. Officiating got me that tech.”
In the loss, Brown was otherwise productive with 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting, while adding eight assists.
Indiana pulled away with a strong performance from beyond the arc, shooting 51.5 percent from three-point range as a team.
“Indiana outplayed us top to bottom,” Brown added. “We will bounce back.”
Boston finished the month of February at an impressive 9-2 clip. Both losses came in the second game of a back-to-back. The Celtics return home for three games this week against the Hawks, Grizzlies and Nets.
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