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Joe Mazzulla Needed Just 3 Words to Describe Jaylen Brown After ECF Game 2



Joe Mazzulla Eastern Conference Finals press conference

With a commanding 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals, Joe Mazzulla needed just three words to praise one of his top players after Boston’s big win in game 2.

Mazzulla used the terms “poise, patience and discipline” to describe Jaylen Brown’s 40-point performance. Brown’s monster game led the Celtics to a 126-110 win on Thursday night.

Ironically, Brown’s night came after failing to make the All-NBA team. Mazzulla was asked if he felt Brown was motivated by the snub and if that impacted his level of intensity.

“He’s a very mature guy. He has a great outlook on life. He knows what’s important and what’s not. He works really hard. He knows who he is as a person and as a player and that’s the most important thing,” said Mazzulla.

The former Mountaineer and current Celtics head coach also dropped one of his typical lines while describing his team upping their level of play after a tough outing in game 1 and even trailing at the end of the first quarter in game 2.

“When you play in the chaos, you have to embrace the chaos.”

Despite being a heavy favorite in every series to this point, Mazzulla knows the immense pressure he’s dealing with. Boston is in a “championship or bust” mode after being upset in the Eastern Conference Finals last year to the 8-seed Miami Heat.

Mazzulla took over the interim duties for Ime Udoka before the 2022-2023 season, leading the Celtics to 57 wins during his rookie season. Mazzulla also coached in the 2023 NBA All-Star Game.

Mazzulla, who played guard at West Virginia from 2006-11, has worked his way up the coaching ladder over the past decade. Mazzulla began pursuing a coaching career following his graduation from West Virginia. Following coaching stints at Glenville State and Fairmont State, the former Mountaineer was hired as an assistant of the Maine Red Claws, Boston’s G-League team. Mazzulla went back to Fairmont State in 2017 to serve as the head coach of the Fighting Falcons.

During his WVU days, Joe Mazzulla was most known for his 17-point performance in the 2010 Elite Eight against Kentucky. Mazzulla stepped in for an injured Truck Bryant, helping the Mountaineers reach their first Final Four since 1959. Mazzulla played 145 career games at West Virginia.

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