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End of season thoughts...

  Does Joe Mazzulla deserve another kick at the can. I don't know, when he was asked about shooting so many threes and missing would he change, he said no. Honestly not sure I like a Coach who is unwilling to adapt. Do I agree with my mentor Tom Lane on if he's here I believe so. Was he the right choice earlier this season... No! They didn't do him any favors either. They didn't even bother bringing in any veteran assistants to actually get in his ear. Taking the interim tag off him was also a huge mistake.  About Jaylen Brown, unfortunately he played like absolute crap Monday night. He took full responsibility which to me means a lot. Does he deserve a huge max extension?! By NBA standards he does. He's earned the right to maximize his money. Would I trade him?! I don't think you would get any value near his worth. My answer is hold on to JB, he and Tatum actually like playing with each other from my perspective. You can find pieces to accompany their talent. 
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