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Brown: Basketball an outlet after friend's death

The Celtics' Jaylen Brown said he intends to make it to Saturday night's game in Indiana following the funeral for his best friend in Georgia that morning and addressed his difficult week. "I'm doing the best I can," he said.


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Jaylen Brown on playing after the death of his best friend: "I'm doing the best I can. I think basketball has been a great outlet for me, my family, my friend's family. Just doing the best we can, each and every day." Brown hoping to play Saturday after attending the funeral in Georgia.

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Celtics forward Marcus Morris on being held out vs. Indiana tomorrow while easing his way back from knee soreness: "Coach would rather I sleep in my own bed, rehab tomorrow. Probably go to the Jay-Z concert. Do something. I'd rather be on the road with my team, honestly. But he made the decision."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics swingman Jaylen Brown will travel to Marietta, Ga. on Saturday for the funeral of Trevin Steede, then attempt to rejoin the team before a game in Indiana. Celtics coach Brad Stevens has given Brown the OK to miss the game if he cannot get back.

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Irving makes quick work of the Magic

In only 25 minutes, Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 30 points in the win over Orlando on Friday. It was the first time in his career he scored 30-plus points in 25 or fewer minutes played. Also, he's the first Celtics player with 30-plus points in 25 or fewer minutes played since Kevin McHale (31) on Feb. 7, 1990 against the Hornets. (ESPN Stats & Info)

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Pay attention to Ohio State's helmets Saturday. In addition to their traditional buckeye leaf stickers, the Buckeyes will sport these decals in recognition of Terry Glenn, the former Ohio State WR who died in a car accident Monday. He was 43. Glenn is OSU's lone recipient of the Biletnikoff Award, which he earned after a banner 1995 season. The seventh-overall pick in the 1996 Draft, Glenn played for the Patriots, Packers and Cowboys.

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Celtics 118, Magic 103: Kyrie Irving with 30 points in 25 minutes. Terry Rozier with a career-best 23 points off the bench. Boston's current winning streak: 1.

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One hallmark of Boston's winning streak: Slow starts. Brad Stevens said his team needed to start better and his players responded with a 40-point first-quarter against the Magic. That's Boston's best output in a quarter this season.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

On Black Friday, the Celtics are debuting their black Nike statement jerseys vs. the Magic. Coach Brad Stevens is unmoved. "I don't really pay attention to our uniform colors unless we're throwing it to the wrong team over and over," said Stevens.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Morris, who has been easing his way back in due to knee soreness that sidelined him at the start of the season, is starting vs. the Magic. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said it's likely Morris sits out on Saturday vs. the Pacers but said the team will reevaluate his status after tonight's game.