Celtics Players, Coaches React To Marcus Smart’s Tirade

Celtics Players, Coaches React To Marcus Smart’s Tirade

Marcus Smart snapped after the Boston Celtics’ 106-101 defeat to the Miami Heat.

With the loss, Boston fell to 0-2 in the series and is now staring down potential elimination from the playoffs.

As soon as the clock hit zero on Thursday night, an angry Smart stormed into the Celtics locker room and vocally began to express his frustration.

Afterward, reactions to Smart’s tirade varied from non-acknowledgement to compassionate understanding.

Kemba Walker, for example, simply pretended it hadn’t happened.

“Nothing happened in the locker room,” he said.

“I don’t even know what you guys are talking about. We’ll be fine. We’ll be fine.”

When pressed on the yelling that had clearly been coming from the locker room, Walker simply doubled down.

“It was nothing,” he said. “I’m not speaking about it.”

Jayson Tatum followed Walker’s lead.

“I don’t know who said that,” he said.

“I mean, we’re 0-2. I mean, we’re frustrated, but this is team sports.”

Jaylen Brown took a different approach.

“That’s why we love him,” he said.

“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. … Who Marcus is, I love him for it. We’ve got to get ready to come back with that same fire and add it to Game 3.”

Head coach Brad Stevens was similarly understanding of Smart’s reaction.

“Guys were emotional, after a hard game, hard loss,” he said.

Smart’s frustration is understandable. The Celtics controlled Game 2 for the majority of the first two quarters and went into halftime with a 60-47 lead. Unfortunately, a cold start in the third led to a 37-17 Heat run.

In the fourth quarter, Miami’s poise and resilience just proved to be too much for Boston.

Walker finished the night with 23 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Brown and Tatum chipped in 21 points each. Despite their efforts, though, the Celtics simply didn’t have what it took to come out on top.

The season will be on the line for Boston in Game 3. How will they respond? We’ll find out soon enough.

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Anthony Amador

A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.

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