Marcus Smart’s surprising description of Celtics’ post-Game 2 locker room blowup
The 26-year-old told reporters — including Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston — the atmosphere was “electrifying” during the blowup, adding he and his teammates were simply airing necessary grievances:
“We’re a family,” Smart said, via Forsberg. “Families fight. I fight with my brothers all the time. … It happens between families. … We weren’t happy to be down 2-0.”
Indeed, it would seem the events following Game 2 actually brought the Celtics closer together, which Smart also noted.
Boston swamped Miami in Game 2, with Brown and Tatum combining for 51 points and Smart adding 20 points of his own.
The Celtics were also rejuvenated by the return of Gordon Hayward, who had missed the first two rounds of the playoffs due to injury.
Hayward scored just six points in over 30 minutes, but he chipped in four assists, five rebounds and three steals, giving Boston another vital playmaker on both ends of the floor. He will also not be leaving the bubble for the birth of his child, as originally planned.
Whereas the in-fighting among members of the Los Angeles Clippers seemingly wore the team down, the Celtics appear to be growing stronger. Boston will now look to even the series at two games apiece on Wednesday night.