Marcus Smart on disagreement with Jaylen Brown: 'Everything's cool'

Marcus Smart on disagreement with Jaylen Brown: 'Everything's cool'

On to the next game.
That is the Celtics’ mindset, win or lose.
That same approach applies to player-on-player tiffs like the one between Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown in the fourth quarter of Boston’s 117-104 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night.
The two got into a very public shouting match with veteran Jae Crowder playing the role of mediator in separating the two.
Ahead of tonight’s game against the Nets in Brooklyn, both players shrugged off the incident as not being that big a deal.
“It was two passionate guys, at the end of the day, want to win,” Brown told CSN’s Abby Chin Friday morning. “It was nothing, really. Just came out, we got a win [against Minnesota] and we’re going to get a win tonight.”
Smart added, “We had different views on things, like any other team. And you know it's over with and it's on to the next one.”
When asked about what the disagreement was about, Smart said, “That was between me and Jaylen. Nothing that was life threatening, or something like everybody's blowing it up to be. It was just two guys, every team everybody argues. That's just how it is. It's like when you have a brother or sister, you argue. That's how it is. You move on from it before you make it a bigger deal than it is.”
This wasn’t the first time Celtics players had disagreed with one another resulting in a back-and-forth shooting match, but it was rare to see it happen publicly.

“It happens all the time,” Crowder told reporters on Friday. “Just got a little chippy on the court with professionals. We handled it like we’re supposed to in the locker room, addressed it and that was it.”
Crowder added, “You've got to be a professional. Stuff like that happens all the time. But you have to move onto the next play. We've got good guys who can help those guys get to the next play. We just came in the locker room. Squashed it and let those guys get it out and move on.”
More than anything, fans witnessed two highly competitive, still-young NBA players let a disagreement get a bit out of hand.
But the competitiveness which drove the disagreement, players say, bodes well for the players involved, as well as the Celtics, going forward.
“You want to keep that,” Smart said. “It shows that you're locked in. That you care. That you're passionate about the game. I've been around guys with no emotion and that's the worst. When you just have no emotion about things.”
So him and Brown, you guys are good now right? 
“Yeah. We've been talking. Everything's cool,” Smart said. “We've been laughing with each other. Everything's fine. It's just, everybody's trying to take it out of proportion of with it is. But that's life, that's the world we live in. Things are gonna be, you say one thing and people take it and try to make it into something else. So, we know, being this team in general, we know what's really going on and we're good. So all that other things that's going on outside is a distraction, so we ain't really worried about it.”
Brown said he too has left the incident where it’s at – in the past.
“I let it go. I’m passionate about the game. I want to win, too,” Brown said. “We’re heading into the playoffs. There’s stuff we have to clean up as a team. I think confrontation and arguments are going to happen. It’s a part of the game. Moving forward, I think it’s a good thing. We should be better for it.”


Greg Monroe looks comfortable as bigger offensive focal point

Greg Monroe looks comfortable as bigger offensive focal point

BOSTON – Jayson Tatum dropped 23 points, snatched 11 rebounds and Boston’s injury-riddled roster squeaked out a 100-99 upset win over Oklahoma City.

It was a good game for Tatum, but teammate Marcus Morris wasn’t moved one bit by Tatum’s historical performance.

“Now it’s not. … I’m not even impressed no more,” Morris said. “It’s to the point where I know what he’s going to bring, I know what he’s capable of. So it’s more like, I expect that now just being around, watching him play day-in and day-out, practicing with him.”

Teammates agree that the 20-year-old Tatum is growing up right before our eyes.

“With Jaylen and Kyrie being out, he’s looking to be more aggressive,” said Boston’s Al Horford. “Everybody is going to talk about offense, but on the defensive end he didn’t have an easy matchup, going against Paul George. I felt like he did a great job.”

Here are five other takeaways from Boston’s 100-99 comeback win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.


Boston’s second unit is still getting the job done even as injuries rob it of its core group that includes Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier who are now both starters. The Celtics’ new-look second unit was still impactful in Boston’s 100-99 squeaker past the Oklahoma City Thunder. Against the Thunder, Boston’s bench outscored Oklahoma City 35-10.


The big man continues to come up big for the Boston Celtics off the bench. Injuries have forced other key reserves into the starting lineup which has led to Monroe becoming an even bigger focal point offensively when he’s on the floor. Against the Thunder, he had 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting with six rebounds.


You never really know what you’re going to get from the Boston Celtics when it comes to rebounding the basketball. Well, Tuesdaynight was the good rebounding Celtics whose ability to control the glass was a huge factor in the victory as Boston out-rebounded Oklahoma City 52-44.


Remember how Marcus Smart would struggle to make shots, and still play major minutes and still make a meaningful impact? Well, Semi Ojeleye had that kind of game for the Celtics. The 6-foot-6 rookie missed all six of his field goal attempts, but showed some serious versatility against the Thunder with defensive stints on each of Oklahoma City’s Big Three of Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Russell Westbrook.


Marcus Morris made the game-winner and Jayson Tatum was as strong on the floor as we’ve ever seen him. But arguably the biggest X-factor in Boston’s win was the play of Larkin. His ability to control the flow of the game, getting his teammates in and out of sets was critical to the win, as was his offense. For the game, Larking had 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field.

NBA: Congrats to the Celtics on the win, but they for sure should not have won

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NBA: Congrats to the Celtics on the win, but they for sure should not have won

The NBA officials' Last Two Minute report for Tuesday is out, and boy did the Celtics get away with one!

The league admitted to missing two infractions -- both committed by Marcus Morris -- on the possession on which Morris hit a game-winning three-pointer against the Thunder. 

The C's began the possession with Morris inbounding the ball, but a stopwatch revealed to the league that Morris did not release the ball within the five seconds allotted on an inbounding play. Had the correct call been made, the ball would have been turned over to the Thunder, who at the time held a two-point lead with 7.7 seconds remaining. 

Furthermore, video replay led the league to determine that Morris traveled prior to taking the shot. The video evidence that suggested this was that Morris was wearing an NBA jersey in the video, but also he moved his pivot foot prior to the release of his dribble. That call would have also given the Thunder the ball. 

What these nerds didn't consider is that the basketball gods have more power than their stopwatches. What a win.