The Boston Celtics lost again to the Miami Heat on Thursday, digging an 0-2 hole in the Eastern Conference finals.
Marcus Smart did not respond well.
According to multiple reports, the Celtics guard cussed and screamed in the postgame locker room, noise that was heard from the outside corridor.
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Washburn reported that items were thrown and described what he called a “raucous” scene. Andrews described hearing “loud clanks.”
Smart declined to speak with media.
Washburn then reported that the Celtics won’t practice on Friday.
Celtics address locker room scene
Celtics guard Kemba Walker downplayed the reports in his postgame news conference.
“It was nothing,” Walker said. “It was nothing. I ain’t got much to speak on about it.”
Head coach Brad Stevens also declined to expound.
“Guys were emotional after a hard game — hard loss,” Stevens said, per Andrews.
Jayson Tatum described the locker room scene as “nothing out of the ordinary.”
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The 106-101 loss was the second straight for the Celtics after leading the Heat late in the fourth quarter. Boston rallied from a seven-point deficit to start the final on stanza to take a 95-93 lead with 3:17 remaining. But the Heat turned on the pressure late for a second straight game to outscore the Celtics 13-6 the rest of the way.
On Tuesday, Boston blew a 13-point fourth-quarter lead before losing in overtime, 117-114.
After two-plus months in the bubble and a pair of frustrating, high-stakes losses, things appear to be boiling over behind closed doors. Whatever happened, the Celtics are maintaining a united front outside the locker room.
Enes Kanter showed his support of his teammates on Twitter.
Jaylen Brown threw his support directly behind Smart.
“Who Marcus is, I love him for it,” Brown told reporters. “We’ve got to be ready to come back, take that same fire and add it to Game 3.”