Celtics' Stevens holds meeting after heated locker-room exchange

Sam Amico

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens held a meeting with the players to help clear the air after a dust-up between guard Marcus Smart and swingman Jaylen Brown, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The incident took place following the Celtics' Game 2 loss to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday. The Heat lead the series, 2-0.

Per Wojnarowski, Stevens called a meeting with Smart, Brown, point guard Kemba Walker and wing Jayson Tatum late Thursday to "work through emotions." 

While yelling and loud banging could be heard coming from the Celtics' locker room following the game, Wojnarowski added things never got physical. 

“A lot of emotions flying around,” Brown said. “I think that’s why we love Marcus. You know, 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 will, and we need him to continue to have that. 

"It’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. So you’ve got to get ready to come back, take that same fire, (and) add it to Game 3.”

Added Walker, “It was nothing — it was nothing.” 

Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.