The Boston Celtics' Game 2 loss to the Miami Heat on Thursday night was ugly, in more ways than one.
After falling apart in the third quarter and blowing a 17-point lead, the C's lost by a score of 106-101 to go down 0-2 in the conference finals series.
The Celtics carried their frustrations from the crushing defeat into the locker room, where they reportedly were involved in a heated argument that included "screaming" and "items thrown." Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe specifically named Marcus Smart as one of the more vocal players in the locker room meltdown.
Head coach Brad Stevens and the players were asked about the incident during their postgame press conferences, and they mostly downplayed whatever went on.
"Guys were emotional after a hard game. Hard loss," Stevens said.
Kemba Walker also opted not to get into the details.
"It was nothing. It was nothing. I'm not speaking about it," Walker said.
Jayson Tatum opened up slightly more about the postgame ruckus, stating that the team was simply frustrated after a horrible loss.
"We're 0-2. I mean, we're frustrated. But that's team sports," Tatum said. "You're not supposed to be happy when you're down 0-2. Nothing out of the ordinary, just talking about the game. It's cool, got to get ready for the next one.
Jaylen Brown echoed Tatum's statement while backing his teammate in Smart.
"Lot of emotions was flying around, obviously. Feel like we could've won, should've won, but we didn't. So it's a lot of emotions flying around. That's it. ...
"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. There's ups and downs with families all the time. But we embrace each other for who we are. And who Marcus is, I love him for it."
Enes Kanter didn't speak to the media after the game, but he did refute the negative rumors about the team on Twitter:
It at least looks like the C's have moved past the ugliness that occurred in the locker room, but they're going to have to show it in Game 3 on Saturday night. Otherwise, this was far too late for them to show fight in the series.
Tip-off for Game 3 is set for 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. Be sure to tune in to Celtics Pregame Live on NBC Sports Boston at 7:30 p.m. and Celtics Postgame Live immediately after the final buzzer.