Jaylen Brown insists he said nothing to Stephen Curry, calls taunting ‘cute’


Stephen Curry hit a 3-pointer to beat the third-quarter buzzer over Jaylen Brown, pointed at Brown and made the chatter gesture with his hand.

Brown, via A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England:

“He just hit a shot,” Brown told CSNNE.com. “I didn’t say anything to him at all. He hit a good shot. I was playing good defense until I jumped on the head fake. But I didn’t say a word. I don’t know what it was.

Brown added, “I didn’t say anything to him; I didn’t open my mouth. He hit a good shot; it was cute. Let’s keep playing basketball.”

Maybe Brown didn’t say anything to Curry on that play. But the Celtics rookie spoke up after the Warriors won in Boston in November. In that game, Golden State center Zaza Pachulia hit a jumper and stopped for a painfully long celebration of smacking himself on the rear end like he were telling a horse to giddy up.


Brown then, via Darren Hartwell of NESN:

“Yeah, I felt it was a little disrespectful,” Brown said. “Like when Zaza was doing what he was doing? Yeah, I didn’t think that was too cool.

“But hey, man, they won the game at the end of the day, and next time we’ve got to come out and punch them in the mouth. Like not (literally) — figuratively.”

Brown and the Celtics did that, beating the Warriors with a big fourth quarter after Curry’s 3-pointer.