Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was heard blowing up on teammates in the locker room following Thursday night’s meltdown against the Miami Heat, and it sounds like much of the shouting was directed at Jaylen Brown.
Several reporters heard Smart “screaming” in the locker room and objects being thrown. Shams Charania of The Athletic gathered more information about the situation and was told Smart and Jaylen Brown got into a heated argument and needed to be separated by teammates.
Smart reportedly stormed into the locker room after Game 2 and told his teammates they need to hold themselves accountable and stop blaming him when things go wrong. Brown shot back by telling Smart to calm down and that the Celtics need to stick together. That led to a tense exchange, but the situation was diffused before it became physical.
Smart also had arguments with a couple of assistant coaches during the game, according to Charania.
The Celtics are said to have quickly smoothed things over. One source confidently told Charania that “they will move past this and focus on the task.” Brown also had high praise for Smart following Game 2, though that was before the altercation.
“(Smart) plays with passion, he’s full of fire, and that’s what I love about him most,” Brown said. “He has that desire and that will, and we need him to continue to have that. We embrace each other, and who Marcus is, I love him for it.”
Smart is the emotional leader of the Celtics. He’s one of the best defensive players in the NBA and gives full effort at all times. He is also a very hot and cold shooter, and the Celtics are sometimes forced to live and die by his three-point attempts late in games. That may be what led to the finger-pointing that he blew up about, as Smart shot 5-for-13 from the field and 2-for-6 from three-point range in Game 2.
The Celtics are now facing a must-win in Game 3, so they have to brush the drama aside quickly. They may also get a big boost in time for the game.
Jaylen Brown remained in the game against the Toronto Raptors for Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series on Friday night even after slipping after a dunk.
The Boston Celtics guard was on a fast break after taking a long pass in transition in the fourth quarter and went up for a dunk. He slipped after coming down and ended up doing something similar to the splits.
The Raptors took a timeout after the dunk, and Brown remained in the game.
Brown went 10-of-17 for 21 points in Boston’s 92-87 win to clinch the series. The Celtics will face the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Jaylen Brown took a shot at Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse over a key turnover play late in Game 6 on Wednesday night.
Jayson Tatum had the ball for Boston as the Eastern Conference semifinals playoff game was tied at 98 in the final minute. Tatum was driving and went to pass the ball into the corner, but he passed it out of bounds and turned it over.
Nurse was actually on the court and in a stance making it look like he was set up and waiting for a shot. The coach’s actions appeared to bait Tatum into turning the ball over.
The turnover gave the ball to Toronto, though they were unable to capitalize. The game went into overtime tied at 98, and Toronto eventually won 125-122 in double overtime.
After the game, Tatum downplayed Nurse’s role in the incident, but Brown did not.
“I think there’s a lot of emotions. It’s very intense. … Grown men should be able to control themselves — especially coaching staffs,” Brown said, via Jay King.
Tatum may be taking the high road, but there is nothing wrong with what Brown said. Nurse committed a violation by being on the court for the play and it went uncalled. He was lucky to get away with it.
Brown wasn’t the only Celtics player irritated with Toronto after the game.
Boston Celtics emerging star Jaylen Brown took part in the protests in Atlanta on Saturday.
Brown, who is from Marietta, Georgia, felt it was important for him to join his community and participate peacefully in a protest. He said he wanted to bring attention to injustices, like the death of George Floyd.
Brown said that being famous did not preclude him from joining and showing that he is feeling what others are feeling.
Here was his message on Instagram Live:
The 23-year-old is in his fourth season with the Celtics. He was having the best season of his career prior to the league’s season being suspended and was averaging 20.4 points per game, earning the big contract extension he signed last year.
Another athlete, an Ohio State basketball player, was actually detained while participating in Columbus protests.
Jaylen Brown is having a breakout year with the Boston Celtics this year, and Billy Donovan may find it ironic that Brown is putting up such big numbers in his fourth NBA year. Based on what Donovan said to Brown years ago, it sounds like the Oklahoma City Thunder coach thought Brown would have been out of the league by now.
While speaking with students at UMass on a Zoom chat Friday, Brown told a story about how Donovan motivated him with some harsh criticism when he was 17. Brown was playing for Donovan on USA Basketball’s u-18 squad at the time, and he said he was “killing everybody in practice.” Despite that, Donovan wasn’t giving Brown much playing time. Brown wanted to know why.
“He told me he wasn’t playing me because he said I didn’t play hard,” Brown recalled, as transcribed by Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald. “I said, ‘What do you mean, I’ve been cooking everybody.’ And he told me you’re only going to be in the league for three years because you don’t play hard. … And instantly I was emotional. I was 17 years old. I was like, ‘What do you mean? I’m the best player here. I’m cooking everybody.’”
Brown said he was so angry that he cried, but he realized what Donovan meant as he got older. Brown was relying strictly on talent when he should have also been trying to out-work people. While he admits he is still bothered to this day that Donovan would say that to a 17-year-old, Brown acknowledges that it has helped fuel his NBA career.
“For someone to say that was a lot for a 17-year-old,” Brown said. “I appreciate the message he delivered, and to this day I kind of think about it, because that message was added to my work ethic.
“I’m never going to let someone tell me what I’m going to be or I’m not going to be. He told me to my face when I was 17, you’re going to make it to the NBA, but you’re only going to be there for three years because you don’t play hard.”
Brown signed a four-year, $115 million deal with the Celtics last offseason. He is averaging 20.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game this season and has already had some incredible highlight moments during his career. Apparently fans in Boston can thank Donovan for that.
Jaylen Brown had one of the best plays of the game in the Boston Celtics’ blowout win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night, and the swingman admits it was one of the highlights of his career as well.
With the Celtics leading 79-63 early in the third quarter, Brown beat his man and drove to the basket, where LeBron was standing after coming over to help. The King was no match for Brown on this particular play.
Brown picked up a taunting penalty for hanging on the rim, but he expressed no regret over that. He told reporters after the game that he always feels “a little extra boost” when going up against LeBron and that dunking on James was on his bucket list.
Brown admitted that teammate Jayson Tatum’s dunk on LeBron during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals in 2018 was better, and those who have seen that play would agree. James told reporters after the game that he did not take the Brown dunk personally.
LeBron has done his fair share of dunking on opponents during his career, and even the best players to ever play get posterized once in a while. When you’ve played in as many games as LeBron has, it is bound to happen.
Jaylen Brown appeared to take aim at Kyrie Irving’s leadership when speaking on a recent podcast.
Brown was a guest on Monday’s edition of “The Woj Pod” and spent part of his interview talking about Kemba Walker, who was signed by the Boston Celtics over the offseason as a replacement for Irving.
When discussing Walker’s leadership, Brown praised Walker and contrasted it with the style of someone else. It sure sounded like Brown was talking about Irving.
“He didn’t point fingers. He didn’t blame others,” Brown said of Walker. “He said that we’re going to be alright, we’re going to learn from this … he said things that were more uplifting.”
Without naming names, Brown then brought up a different type of response he had seen to adversity.
“Usually what you’re used to seeing, maybe somebody goes into a corner, doesn’t talk to nobody. Instead of starting to hang out with their teammates, they start to hang out with their agent, their friends, their entourage … nothing changed even though the times got more difficult. When things get a little bit difficult, that’s when you get to see somebody’s true makeup and character.”
Brown was upset with Irving last year for criticizing the Celtics’ young players after a January loss to Orlando. Over the summer, Brown seemed to enjoy someone clowning Irving on social media.
The type of behavior he described in the interview — a player going into a corner and not talking with teammates when things got difficult — sounds a lot like Irving. Given how Brown feels about Irving and how well the Celtics having played without Kyrie, it wouldn’t be a surprise if that’s exactly who Brown was talking about.
Jaylen Brown dunked on LeBron James Monday night, and he picked up a technical foul for hanging on the rim afterwards.
During the third quarter of the Boston Celtics’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Brown drove to the basket and jammed over James.
Brown hung on the rim after the dunk and got called for a technical foul for taunting. TNT announcer Chris Webber pointed out how similar Brown looked to Prince hanging on the rim in the famous Dave Chappelle skit:
I definitely see it.
The technical foul gave the Lakers an extra point, but if you ask Brown, he’d probably say it was worthwhile.
The Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 121-110 on Wednesday night, and Jaylen Brown did not have an easy game.
Brown scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but he was tasked with defending Joe Harris. Harris scored 21 for Brooklyn and made five threes. Brown said Harris was running like he was running from the police.
Brown also compared Harris’ speed and endurance to that of Forrest Gump.
The Gump comparison may sound like a knock, but based strictly on running, it’s positive.
Harris has blossomed with the Nets. He’s made over 40 percent of his threes each of the past three seasons, topping out at 47.4 percent last season. Maybe his ability to outlast and tire out opponents plays a role in that.
Jaylen Brown is all for seeing the positive things in life and not focusing on the negative.
Boston Celtics fans were pumped for Wednesday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets because it represented an opportunity for them to voice their frustrations about Kyrie Irving. In 2017, Irving demanded a trade away from Cleveland and wanted to go to Boston. He then told Boston prior to last season he would sign with them long term. But after a disastrous season, he instead left for Brooklyn in free agency, which fans were just as happy about after how badly the season went.
In light of the ups-and-downs with Irving, Celtics fans decided to break out a “Kyrie sucks” chant for Wednesday’s game, even if Irving was not with the Nets on the road trip due to a shoulder injury.
The Celtics won the game 121-110 and are now 7-0 at home this season. Because of the success of this year’s team, Brown does not think Celtics fans have any reason to boo or be upset.
Jayson Tatum similarly thought the chants were silly.
The chants don’t make much sense when you consider those ideas, but this is what makes fans who they are. They care about their teams. They’re passionate about rivalries. And if they feel like a player did not represent them well, they will have no problem booing them in the future. It’s important to have that, because these are the people who follow the sport and pay for tickets and merchandise.