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Report: Jaylen, Smart at the center of 'heated' postgame scene

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We're learning more about what happened in the Boston Celtics' locker room Thursday night, and it doesn't sound pretty.

The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn reported hearing "screaming and arguing" coming from the Celtics' locker room after their 106-101 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

That commotion apparently centered around Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown, who had a "heated confrontation" in the locker room that involved "objects thrown around" and "needed to be separated by teammates," The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Friday, citing multiple sources.

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Here's more from Charania:

"Sources told The Athletic that Smart stormed into the Celtics postgame locker room saying that other players needed to be held accountable and not simply point the finger toward him when things are going wrong.

"As Smart continued and his voice grew louder, sources said Brown snapped back and shouted that Celtics players must stay together and that their actions must come as a team, not individually, and that Smart needed to cool off."

Smart also had "verbal exchanges" with a couple assistant coaches after the game, per Charania.

The good news for Boston is that teammates "diffused the situation" between Smart and Brown, who have "smoothed tensions over" since their altercation, Charania reported.

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Perhaps Thursday's blowup can serve as a wake-up call for the Celtics after they blew double-digit leads in Games 1 and 2. That or the confrontation is a sign the C's are falling apart at the seams en route to a playoff exit.

We'll find out Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. ET when Game 3 tips off.

UPDATE (12:30 p.m. ET): Thursday's locker room dust-up led Celtics head coach Brad Stevens to call a late-night meeting with Smart, Brown, Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.