You Hate to See It: “Heated Confrontation” Between Celtics Players After Bad Loss

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How about Jimmy Butler?

Another great game for him on Thursday night, and another win. The Miami Heat are 10-1 in the playoffs and currently up 2-0 on the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. Same Celtics team that swept the Sixers out of the Orlando bubble.

Boston had another second half lead in game two, and blew it again, which resulted in a bunch of reports saying that there was yelling and throwing of objects inside their locker room following the loss.

Shams Charania at The Athletic provided these details:

Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown had a heated confrontation inside that locker room after the Game 2 loss and needed to be separated by teammates, multiple sources told The Athletic. Smart, who is widely regarded as Boston’s emotional leader, was heard shouting inside the postgame locker room after the Celtics’ loss to Miami.

Sources told The Athletic that Smart stormed into the Celtics postgame locker room saying that other players needed to be held accountable and not simply point the finger toward him when things are going wrong. As Smart continued and his voice grew louder, sources said Brown snapped back and shouted that Celtics players must stay together and that their actions must come as a team, not individually, and that Smart needed to cool off. Those sources added Smart had verbal exchanges with a couple of the assistant coaches during the game.

Shams says objects were “thrown around” and that teammates broke it up before things got physical. Afterward, Celtics players understandably downplayed it and said it was no big deal.

It’s been a great series to watch. Lots of good perimeter play and high-IQ basketball. Miami is such a good cutting team, and they make really smart decisions both on and off the ball. If you’ve watched either of these games, or Lakers/Nuggets/Clippers on the other side of the bracket, it makes you realize just how far the Sixers have to go put themselves in the same category as these teams.