“I’ve got too much to worry about around here right now trying to get our ship going in the right direction,” James said. “I watched the game last night. It was an Eastern Conference game. There’s not many times you see Golden State not going in the 120s. Boston just had a good tempo about the game. Neither team could really make those shots. It was a free throw game in the fourth quarter.
Jaylen Brown’s emotional tribute to his friend was part of an emotional night as Boston rallied from 17 points down in the third quarter, and rode an unmasked Kyrie Irving in the fourth, to extend the NBA’s longest winning streak this season to 14 games. “Much respect to him because that’s difficult,” Celtics center Al Horford said of Brown. “He was hurting. He is hurting. It was one of those thing where I didn’t know if he was going to play tonight. But it just speaks of his character. He was able to put all that aside and play. I am very proud of him.”
In the end, the Celtics certainly made out, but during Thursday night’s telecast, Garnett – who possessed a no-trade clause – revealed that he didn’t need too much convincing to accept the trade to Brooklyn. “I think the time that we were all in Boston had served its time,” Garnett said after recalling that his approval was needed for the trade. “We were all moving. I think Ray [Allen] went to Miami the previous year. Paul [Pierce] and I and [Rajon] Rondo—we all knew that at some point, we were all gonna go to different places. “I had family in New York at the time, and it just seemed like it was perfect for me,” he added. “It was a good opportunity for me. Brooklyn was a year-and-a-half of a good experience. New York is never a dull moment, it was good for me, it was good for my family and it worked out.”