Boston Celtics

Sep 17, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (left) talks with guard Marcus Smart (36) ring the fourth quarter in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The Miami Heat won 106-101. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

After their Game 2 loss Thursday night, things got heated in the Celtics locker room. The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn reported a shouting match behind closed doors, that included multiple voices and items being thrown. This morning, we’re learning more about what happened.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania is reporting that Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown were the two players going back-and-forth.

“Smart and Brown had a tense interaction inside the locker room, with objects thrown around,” Charania writes. “Teammates diffused the situation before any physical altercation could take place, sources told The Athletic.”

Charania added that a source told him “They [The Celtics] will move past this and focus on the task.”

Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics react during the fourth quarter against the Toronto Raptors in Game 7 of the 2020 Eastern Conference Second Round of the NBA Playoffs at the bubble in Orlando, Fla. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

That seemed to be the case postgame, with Jaylen Brown telling reporters, “That’s why we love [Smart]…He plays with passion, he’s full of fire, and that’s what I love about him most, to be honest. He has that desire and that will, and we need him to continue to have that.”

Following the heartbreaking loss and ensuing locker room scuffle, the Celtics canceled Friday’s team practice, according to Washburn. So the next time they take the floor as a team will be Saturday night, as they try to avoid falling into an 0-3 hole against the Miami Heat.

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