By: Evan Singleton
Jaylen Brown helped edge the Boston Celtics past the Golden State Warriors Thursday night. He scored a team-high 22 points. This was more than a "big" game for the second year player. This was an emotional game. It was a game he was not even sure he'd suit up for.
Trevin Steede, Brown's childhood best friend, passed away just about 24 hours before the Celtics took on the Warriors at the TD Garden. Brown was broken up about it. He did not think he could play after hearing such tragic news.
Brown got a phone call from Steede's mother, who by doing so convinced him to suit up and play. I am sure he is glad he did.
Brown spoke about during post-game media:
"My best friend passed last night. It was tough to kind of accept it," Brown said. "Everybody was kind of in shock. But I knew coming into today that he would have wanted me to play. It was hard getting my thoughts together, but after talking to his mom and his family, they inspired me to come out and play.
Many of Brown's Celtics teammates had much praise for him after the game. As did Warriors' Kevin Durant stating, "He was the difference tonight."
Below is Jaylen Brown speaking about it all after the game