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You're doin a heck of a job, Brownie

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  October 28, 2008 11:42 PM

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Snarky headline aside, Mike Brown really is one of the better coaches in the NBA, particularly on the defensive side of the ball (Cleveland held the Celtics to 44 percent shooting tonight). But the Cavs offense can get bogged down at times, as was the case tonight. And it's not always easy to ramp it up.

"We're trying to play a little faster, but sometimes that translates into miscues," said Brown. "The Celtics' defensive pressure in the second half caused us to have 12 turnovers, and that's too many to have in a half."

Brown had another simple explanation for why the Celtics won tonight's game: hustle.

"I thought the Celtics got to all the 50/50 balls," he said. "There were a lot of times when the ball bounced on the floor that we stood around and watched it and didn't get after it."

The ever-confident LeBron James had another explanation for his team's loss.

"We missed some really, really good shots," said James. "And against a team that shoots the ball particularly well...you can play defense a lot but you have to make shots to help that defense, and we didn't do that."

Former Celtic Delonte West was asked if Boston's defense frustrated LeBron.

"No, not at all," said West. "He's a guy who's seen all types of defenses and he takes time during the game to adjust."

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