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Report: Celtics hold ‘not a terribly productive’ players-only meeting

Boston Celtics Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart

Apr 11, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) and forward Grant Williams (12) and forward Jayson Tatum (0) and guard Jaylen Brown (7) and guard Marcus Smart (36) during the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

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Marcus Smart said Celtics teammates Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown “don’t want to pass the ball.”

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

When Boston traveled yesterday to Orlando, I’m told, they had a players-only meeting. And Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, they did talk about the collapse against the Bulls and Marcus Smart’s comments after the game about those two not passing the ball. I’m told it was emotional at times, but in the end, perhaps, not a terribly productive meeting, maybe not even beneficial.

The Celtics beat the Magic, 92-79, tonight. But that might say more about Orlando struggling than Boston (3-5) suddenly coming together.

Locker-room tension is a longstanding issue for the Celtics. Brown and Smart have particularly bickered.

If the players can’t solve these problems themselves, it falls on Boston coach Ime Udoka to find solutions. That can be challenging for a first-time head coach.