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Celtics' argument after loss echoes Warriors' 2016 incident

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The Boston Celtics are in a very bad spot right now and things got much worse after their 106-101 loss to the Miami Heat on Thursday in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference finals series.

Multiple members of the media, including The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn, reported shortly after the game ended that there was screaming and arguing coming from a closed Celtics locker room, mostly from guard Marcus Smart.

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When asked about what happened, Celtics coach Brad Stevens and star point guard Kemba Walker wouldn't go into great detail on the incident.

Something similar happened with the Warriors a few years ago. During their 73-win 2015-16 season, Draymond Green got into a heated exchange with coach Steve Kerr in the locker room during halftime of their iconic win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Feb. 27, 2016.

ABC's sideline reporter, Lisa Salters, provided details shortly after the third quarter began.

"I did not hear what precipitated it, but he was yelling so loudly that I could hear everything that he was saying," Salters said (H/T Bleacher Report). "I think you heard a little bit of it as well, Mike [Breen]. I think that it was Draymond Green. The indications that I've gotten from other players is that it was Draymond Green.

"He was yelling and screaming, 'I am not a robot. I know I can play. You have me messed up right now. If you don't want me to shoot, I won't shoot the rest of the game.' At one point, people were trying to get him to sit down, from what I could hear, and he was daring people, threatening people, 'Come sit me down.' "

 

That was the season Kerr missed the first half of the year as he recovered from complications from back surgery. He had been back just over a month when Green erupted in the visitor's locker room in Oklahoma City.

The Warriors on that night in Chesapeake Energy Arena pulled off a stunning, epic overtime win led by the heroics of Steph Curry, who scored 46 points on 12 3-pointers, including the game-winner with 0.6 seconds left on the clock -- arguably the most iconic shot of his career.

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With the win, the Warriors improved to 53-5 on the season and would make it back to the NBA Finals before losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games.

As for the Celtics, it remains to be seen if they can recover from a two-games-to-none deficit against the Heat. Stevens and Smart have to hope that the argument galvanizes Boston and leads to a turnaround in the series. Otherwise, the Celtics face a long offseason where they can further argue about where it all went wrong.