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Marcus Morris pushes Jaylen Brown in Celtics huddle

Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Morris

Boston Celtics’ Al Horford (42), Jaylen Brown (7) and Marcus Morris (13) walk to the bench during a timeout in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. The Cavaliers won 121-99. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)


Earlier this season, Marcus Morris said some Celtics “aren’t playing as well as they want and their moods haven’t been the best.” It seemed likely he was talking about Jaylen Brown.

Now, it definitely seems he was talking about Jaylen Brown.

The two got into it during Boston’s loss to the Heat last night:

Morris definitely pushed Brown. Did Brown push Morris first, though? It’s possible. They’re off camera for a moment, and as they return into the frame, Morris is stepping backward. Maybe that’s due to a Brown push. Or maybe that’s just to create space to push Brown.

Either way, the teammates were quickly restrained, and the incident didn’t escalate further.

Still, it seems the Celtics have a lot of infighting on their bench.

Morris is having an excellent season. Brown is… not. I wouldn’t be surprised if Morris perceives Brown to be loafing. While Morris is going all out, Brown isn’t coming close to maximizing his talent. Getting routed by Miami only exacerbates tension.

Sure, teammates squabble throughout a season. But they usually have enough control to do it behind closed doors. Morris and Brown were so upset with each other, they did it in the middle of a game. That speaks to the intensity of this disagreement.