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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 17: Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics warms up in a VOTE shirt prior to the start of the game against the Miami Heat in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 17, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

Back-to-back second-half collapses led to some flared tempers within the Boston locker room.

Celtics guard and leader Marcus Smart was involved in a shouting match, reportedly with Jaylen Brown, and reporters noted that it sounded like things were being thrown around the locker room. Marcus Smart stormed out of the room, screamed about “being on that bullshit,” and opted not to talk to the media. The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn described the situation as a “team imploding.” It was even enough to prompt a team meeting from Brad Stevens.

But speaking after Saturday’s Game 3 victory over the Heat, which saw four C’s starters hit the 20-point mark, Brown offered his own take on the situation and its fallout.

“That it was probably blown out of proportion,” Brown said when asked what he could tell us about the incident. “Like, we are in a bubble. There’s a lot of grown men. There’s a lot of passion and emotion going on. But at the end of the day, we’re a family.”

This isn’t all that different from Brown said on Thursday when talking about the incident. While it wasn’t known that he was the one involved in the ‘altercation’ with Smart, Brown noted that Smart’s intensity is what the Celtics love about him, and that they needed to use that energy and turn it into something productive Game 3. (They did exactly that based on Saturday’s bully-ball approach that included 60 points in the paint, by the way.)

“Just took a bunch of good people committed to each other,” Stevens said of his team’s change from Game 2 to Game 3. “There’s no special talk, no special things, no rah-rah speeches. It’s who you have in the locker room and are they committed to each other. Everybody gets pushed to emotions in sports. That’s why I was curious to see what would happen tonight, but I didn’t have much doubt. I think this group has some good character.”

“We represent this organization, we represent each other and we won’t ever let anything come in between that,” said Brown. “We’ve got a tremendous opportunity and we understand that and nothing’s going to stop us from trying to maximize that.”

The Celtics will look to even their third-round series with the Heat at 2-2 next Wednesday night.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.