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.
"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.
"I wasn't in any shape to come out. I didn't want to leave my room. But they inspired me to come out and play. And I came out and played in his spirit today. My teammates held me up and we pulled it out."
Below is Jaylen Brown speaking about it all after the game