Celtics’ Jaylen Brown reacts to Marcus Smart’s tirade, being in 2-0 hole vs Heat
Jaylen Brown is looking at the big picture. After blowing a 17-point lead in Game 2 of the East Finals versus the Heat, Marcus Smart reportedly launched a tirade inside the Boston Celtics locker room. It was reportedly loud enough for some people to hear outside.
But while it sounds bad, literally and figuratively, Smart’s teammates understood his frustrations.
When the smoke cleared, Jaylen Brown told reporters he loves the cantankerous guard for who he is.
Jaylen Brown: "We embrace each other for who we are. Who Marcus is…I love him for it. We gotta get ready to come back with that same fire for Game 3."
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) September 18, 2020
The 26-year-old Smart has always been known as an emotional player and he isn’t afraid to speak his mind. In 2017, he had a heated argument with their two assistant coaches on the bench against the Washington Wizards.
The Celtics are now down 2-0 in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals series against the Miami Heat. They committed 20 turnovers tonight, including several costly ones in the fourth quarter, where it became a nip-and-tuck affair. Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker each totaled five errors, while Smart had four miscues.
Brown kept the Celtics in the game in the final minutes with back-to-back rainbow connections but missed what could’ve been a game-tying three-pointer with only 15 seconds left. He finished with 21 points on 8-14 shooting and six rebounds.
The Celtics will try to regroup from the bitter loss. As reported by Washington Post’s Ben Golliver, Brown is confident they can bounce back.
Celtics’ Jaylen Brown after Game 2 loss to Heat: “This series is far from over. I’m ready for Game 3… Back against the wall. We fight regardless.” pic.twitter.com/xgbnzud23R
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) September 18, 2020
History, however, isn’t on the side of Beantown. The Celtics are only 2-15 in series when trailing 2-0.
Game 3 is set for Saturday.
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